Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Well, it's Winter!

Wow, what a winter! For the first time in several years, we've had appreciable precipitation. We're grateful for it - and will really be glad about it this summer, when things heat up and the trees really need that deep ground water. Our peach, apple, and cherry trees are in their dormant period right now, which is very important to fruit production. So far, things are on track!

Our strawberry plants are covered up for the winter - they were planted last fall, and are now growing happily under cover. As spring develops and the daytime (and nighttime) temperatures are warmer, we'll uncover them to expose them to the sun.

Out in the orchard, we're in the process of pruning the apple trees. This must be done each winter, for the health of the tree and maximum production. Thinning of peach trees will start in a few weeks, past this coldest time of year. Inside, things are quiet in the market, but we are doing lots of planning, purchasing, repair and maintenance, and catch-up work. We're enjoying the winter time, and looking forward to spring!

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