Tag Archives: Orchyard

2014 mid-season orchyard report

For the first time in several years the orchyard entered July with plenty of water. The trees and vines are green, the grass is green, and the garden is green (perhaps slightly too green thanks to rampant weed growth!). Unfortunately … Continue reading

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The Rurikia 2013 Season in Review

Preparation for the 2013 season began in late 2012. Having identified the likely culprit in the attacks on young apples to be the European Apple Sawfly, the orchard area was given a dose in October 2012 of approximately 5 million … Continue reading

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The 2013 grape harvest at Rurikia

The results of the 2013 grape harvest at Rurikia, mainly Traminette and Cynthiana. The grapes clearly took a backseat to the apples this year and were very close to fogotten about as the apples came in, so the hornets, yellowjackets, … Continue reading

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Random Food of the Day

St. Edmunds Pippin

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Random Food of the Day

A selection of quince. These came from a tree bought as “Orange Quince” (as opposed to another tree bought as “Pineapple Quince”) which I’m not sure is a real name for the variety or not, but it was enough of … Continue reading

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Golden Russet – past the breaking point

Years ago the sump pump failed and the basement flooded at Rurikia; a portable pump with a temporary outlet into the driveway was used to pump it dry. Unfortunately the flow routed through the orchard directly to the Golden Russet … Continue reading

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Rurikian Hanami

It’s not Ueno or Yoyogi, or even the concrete and tile canalside walk betwen my former flat in Tokyo and the monorail station or along the river, but as the first cherry blossoms appeared at Rurikia the urge to spread … Continue reading

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