Hope this finds everyone well – we have weathered the winter well, though the lockdown made it seem seem VERY long. Sylvia and I both had our second vaccinations two weeks ago. My February birthday marked the beginning of a new decade.
After the big snow in December all melted in a week before Christmas, winter came back with numerous 4, 6 or 8 inch snow falls that soon built up to 2 or more feet covering the ground in the orchard which put our pruning on hold until this week. Snow is melted in many places and under 6 inches elsewhere, so we have been able to get out and resume pruning – when that is done, we need to pick up all the brush and feed it through the chipper. We took advantage of a windy day to burn the brush pile.
So we are starting growing our 20’th crop since reopening the orchard. The fruit buds look good which is the first requirement for a good crop. We hope that by Fall we will be able to see you all with fewer restrictions than last Fall.