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Life at the orchard
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Grasshopper destruction
The grasshoppers have really come in hard this year. They really like the taste of Apples and have completely stripped this one down past the bark. I can only cut off the top 80 percent and hope it comes back next year.

Posted by ottootto13 at 6:03 PM EDT
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Big Figs

Due to the large amount of rain coming in this season, our figs are enormous. It looks like it is setting a second crop too.


Posted by ottootto13 at 9:53 PM EDT
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Flood and Maypops

The flood passed very quickly and everything dried up nice. We had large veggies from another farmers garden wash up on our fence and we lost one of our wild Guinea hens.

 Maypops are in bloom right now and the fruit gets big fast. This fruit is only 10-12 days old.





Posted by ottootto13 at 5:38 PM EDT
Thursday, 10 June 2010

There was about 11+ inches of rain about 35 miles North of the orchard. It flowed into York Creek and then flooded my orchard about 7 hours later.


Posted by ottootto13 at 6:40 PM EDT
Thursday, 27 May 2010

We have had a good deal of rain which has really helped the trees although the excessive humidy for the last three weeks does hinder the fruit formation on the Jujube. Here are some baby Lang Jujube at the house which are good for drying and eating like dates.


Here is a picture of some Honey Jar Jujube that I have grafted on the Lang tree. I currently have three varieties of Jujube on that one tree.



Posted by ottootto13 at 7:35 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 27 May 2010 7:38 PM EDT
Pineapple Quince

These fruit have to be dead ripe to eat fresh and are more commonly used for pies. Very fuzzy too.


Posted by ottootto13 at 7:35 PM EDT
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Mood:  bright

We decided to buy a few varieties of Juneberry last year to see if this Northern plant could handle Texas heat.

So far so good.


Posted by ottootto13 at 3:30 AM EDT
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Baby Passionfruit

The Passionfruit has just started to pop out. It will take another month or so before they are ready.

Posted by ottootto13 at 5:41 PM EDT
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Hand Pollinating Pineapple Guava

This bush is inadvertantly becoming one of my favorite fruit.

Here I am hand pollinating from bush to bush to increase yields. We also noticed our first fruit set on the Passion Fruit vines today.


Posted by ottootto13 at 1:49 AM EDT
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Mulberry madness

Posted by ottootto13 at 5:40 PM EDT

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