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Life at the orchard
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Mulberry madness

Posted by ottootto13 at 5:40 PM EDT
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Mulberries
Mood:  bright

This tree has faithfully produced Mulberries every year and even through the worst of droughts. I dug up a bunch of seedlings took some cuttings this year and planted them out at the orchard. I also planted many Loquat and Pecan seedlings along the fence line.

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 10:54 AM EDT
Friday, 16 April 2010
RATTLESNAKE!!!!!!

I was at the orchard tonight checking the trees and the rain gauge. I decided to check the Black Walnut and Pecans I planted at the back of the property. I was wading thru the grass when I looked down and found my foot right next to a 5 foot rattlesnake! I jumped into the air (while screaming like a little girl) and ran to the dirt road. I went back with a stick to make sure and it was definitely a rattlesnake.

I want to know why the little f***er didnt rattle. Dont we have some sort of agreement about that. He didnt even rattle when I poked him with the stick. Anyway, no more flip flops at the land. Boots only. I was wearing big rubber boots today, thank god. I am very proud I didnt soil myself. HA!

 On a lighter note, we received close to an inch of rain at just about the right time. Things are looking okay out there.

 

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 8:47 PM EDT
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Cows come home
Mood:  happy

The neighbor finally released his cows into the land next to the trees. He is going to do grass fed cattle. I am very excited and the cows seem very friendly. He also confirmed that they spotted a mountain lion out at the land.

 

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 9:06 PM EDT
Friday, 26 March 2010
Orchard updates

Pakistan Mulberry started producing fruit and the last freeze got em. I hope it comes back with more.

Jujube are still trying to push their buds out.

 Asian pear are in full bloom.

Looks like a few Green Gage Plum took.

Katy Apricots not flowering this year.

Pineapple Quince is still flowering and we already have baby fruit.

I have been pigging out on Silverberries for the last two weeks.

I saw the first Fuyu persimmon flowers today.

 Che has leafs on it.

Some White Sapote seeds popped up from last year in some pots I left outside.

Serviceberries are flowering.

Figs have baby fruit.

82 degrees tomorrow.


Posted by ottootto13 at 8:36 PM EDT
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
pics at the orchard

Here is a picture of a skull of a young Russian boar at the land. The big ones are 6-7 feet and 300+ lbs.

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 9:37 PM EDT
mr P at the orchard
he is having fun or panicing. not sure.

Posted by ottootto13 at 9:37 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 17 March 2010 9:41 PM EDT
Monday, 15 March 2010
bud grafting

I tried some bud grafting tonight with Kumquat on Washington Navel, Asian Pear on Quince and Capulin Cherry on Mexican Plum.

I also planted some Kiwano Horned Melon seeds.

 

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 9:04 PM EDT
Saturday, 13 March 2010
granny at the orchard
Mood:  cheeky

I took Granny out to the orchard today. She seemed the most impressed by all the Rye in the surrounding fields.

The Jujube are starting to bud out at home so the orchard should start budding in a few days. It is colder out there. The Persimmons are starting to leaf as well as the Pakistan Mulberries. I am a little disappointed in the Katy Apricot as they are in full leaf with no flowers. I still have Blenheim and Perfection in dormancy.

 I visited the local community garden where I had donated a bunch of trees last year. They are looking good and the Hosui Pear is just about to flower.

 At the home front, the Strawberry Guava, Surinam Cherry, Opal Avocado, Chilean Guava and White Sapote all seem to be coming back after the horrible freeze in January. My Washington Seedless Navel is doing just as good as the Satsumas which took 14 degrees with no problem.


Posted by ottootto13 at 11:56 PM EST
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Yummy Guava
Mood:  happy

We picked the first guava of the year. It was so delicious.

 


Posted by ottootto13 at 2:35 PM EST

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