RASPBERRIES RIPENING SLOWLY – APPLES CONTINUING TO GROW WELL

Lots of raspberries – but they are still green.  Not clear how fast they will ripen with the hot weather – we are running our irrigation system day and night.   Best guess is that berries will not be ripe before Tuesday July 10 .

Apples in the photo are Honeycrisp – now over 1 inch in diameter.

Very light cherry crop – will ripen a few days after the first raspberries.

I will post update in a few days.

 

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RASPBERRIES AND APPLES ARE GROWING WELL

We had very good pollination for both the apples and the raspberries – cherry crop is very light.

Many of the apples are now 3/4 of an inch in diameter or more – the smaller ones will drop off in the June drop.

Raspberries will be ripe in July 7 to 11’th range – we will know more first week in July.

Put us on your July schedule – raspberry season only lasts three weeks.

 

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FULL BLOOM

Big changes over the last two  weeks – we are now at full bloom.  Yesterday and the day before were warm and sunny and the bees were out in force – a large number of small native pollinators and lots of  bumble bees.  Lots of fruit buds this year and no frost in the forecast.

Looks like more good weather next week – the rain this weekend is actually needed.  Raspberries are growing well but not yet in bloom.

Look for the bumble bee.

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1/2 INCH GREEN

Spring has finally put in an appearance.  Last week the first fruit buds began to open and show  little green tips.  The warm weather has accelerated the growth and the fruit buds are now open with 1/2 inch green leaves.

There are plenty of fruit buds – no frost is predicted – bloom will probably come week after next.  The pruning finally was completed and all the brush picked up and fed thru the chipper.

So we are started growing our 17’th crop – stay tuned for more developments.  Picture shows fruit buds opening on one of the old McIntosh trees.

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ONLY ONE MORE WEEK UNTIL SPRING

Winter is not giving up without a fight – we got about 20 inches of snow in the last storm – more coming down today.

We will get back to pruning when we can dig the snow away from the gate to get back inside the orchard.

Hope everyone is having a good winter – raspberries will start in early July.

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