We are still working almost everyday and the pruning is moving along. We have included a picture of a pruned row of Empires. You'll also see a couple of apples that were missed by the pick your own folks last fall.
Some days it is very cold in the mornings to prune but the cold is actually welcome. We attended a day long apple update meeting at the USM campus in Lewiston last week and Dr. Moran, the State Fruit specialist, assured the group that this prolonged cold weather is very good for apple trees as they stay tightly locked in dormancy. It is much better than temperature fluctuations especially if it goes above 40 or 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Jonas tried his hand at some pruning and could work the pruner quite well. In a few years he will be a huge help.
We have a fox enlarging an old woodchuck hole to make a den in the hedgerow. Jonas is checking out the excavation to see if the fox is at home. Foxes are very welcome in the orchard. We hope they will succeed.