Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rosy Cheeked and Loaded

Now really, did you think I was talking about some party girl from OSU or something there?  Honestly, thought you'd know better by now.
Dale pointed out a few days ago that the 'Honeycrisp' apple tree was WAY overloaded and leaning heavily to the east.  Seeing as how our strong storms fly in out of the west, that was not a good situation for the tree to be in.  We have been picking and eating apples off of it for a few weeks now, but even with being thinned several times, it was still a banner year for this young tree.  And, my pal Sally from Corvallis, a master orchardist, came over this spring and pruned it up nice and neat as well as grafted three different varieties onto it.  Sadly, none of the grafts took this year, so we'll try again next year.
In the meantime, I went thru and picked a full, 5 gallon bucket of 'rejects' for the cows.  Since we do no spraying at all, we tend to sacrifice a few apples to various bugs and the birds, especially the Stellar jays

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