Tag Archives: pruning

2015 Orchard Season in Review

The 2015 orchard season started with a fairly good spring followed by an abnormally wet early summer, then had an extended dry spell as autumn progressed. Insect and disease pressure was moderate and reasonably controlled by occasional spraying. European Apple … Continue reading

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Goodbye to the Winter Banana

Today was the end for my experience growing Winter Banana apples. The tree itself had recovered from the root washout of several years ago and was growing well despite a bit of a lean, but once again this year there … Continue reading

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Of pruning and migrations

Today was dormant orchard pruning day at Rurikia. With over 20 trees it is usually better approached as an off and on activity a tree or two at a time over a few weeks as winter winds down, with each … Continue reading

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Halftime intermission

I write this while sitting at Rurikia having completed pruning the orchyard and encouraging, as far as targeted thinking can do so, the fruit trees to slow down their rapid progression into spring. It feels like late March, and the … Continue reading

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Nearly summer and time for bio-warfare

I had Monday off, and the last forecast I had seen called for it to be cold and wet.  That seemed a perfect day to run some errands and then dispose of the accumulated pruning clippings and the pile of … Continue reading

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off and running

The impatience of the previous post has been replaced with hectic activity.  The forecast is calling for a chance of snow showers later this week with lows in the 20’s, but the last few days with their mixture of warm … Continue reading

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Introduction to Apple Scab and Fireblight

My original plan for orchyard maintenance involved being passively organic by simply not doing anything beyond occasionally pruning. I expected a certain amount of fruit loss due to birds and insects eating the fruit and some drop in tree productivity … Continue reading

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