GETTING READY TO PLANT 500 MORE RASPBERRIES

We finished raking 1000 feet of rows where 500 new Nova raspberry plants will go in once we get some rain and the soil warms up.

Apple trees are now at 1/2 inch green and slowly moving towards bloom.  Buds at this point can still tolerate 23 degrees for 10% damage, so we are OK so far.  We need to estimate when bloom will occur to schedule shipment for the bumble bees.

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WINTER IS NOT GIVING UP YET

Temperature this morning was 6 degrees and there was three inches of new snow.  Fortunately the apple trees are at “Silver Tip” – the buds are just beginning to crack open.  At this bud stage there will be some cold damage, but most of the buds will survive.

Cherries are still a question mark both from last night and from the -23 degrees on Feb 14′th.  We will just have to wait and see.

Most of our pruning is done – we need to do some grafting and get ready to plant 20 new cherry trees plus 500 new Nova raspberries.

Each new growing season is it’s own challenge.

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