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2018 Orchyard report

It was a mixed year in the orchyard.  We had some very warm periods in early spring followed by extended cold snaps and I’m going to blame the low yield mainly on that; very few of the apple trees set … Continue reading

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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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September Spring

Once again I feel compelled to mention that 2012 has been a very odd growing year at Rurikia. With a bit of drought relief in the way of 5 inches of rain over 2 weeks the plants have decided it’s … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on mail order nurseries

It is winter in Tokyo. Warmer and drier than I had expected and the late camellias are still blooming, but the last leaves of a late starting autumn have fallen. The landscape contractors are out in force through the city … Continue reading

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Orchyard Season in Review

Another growing year is drawing to a close, and it’s time to have a look at the Orchyard’s year. On the face of it, this was not an overly good year. The raccoons made off with all the cherries, the … Continue reading

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Composition of the orchyard

Since my plans started with a vineyard and ended up adding an orchard, I have combined the two words into “orchyard” in order to cover all of my edible perennial plantings. The focus is on apples, but in addition to … Continue reading

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