Summer Solstice update
The trees like the warm dry days and lots of sunshine. We have gained 6 hours and 49 minutes and the orchard appreciates that.
We have some June photos from the orchard; you can see from the photos how nice and green and healthy the trees are.
They are also growing this year’s apples and as you can see the Gala apples are doing fine.
We planted trees this spring and in this particular row are Winesap apples. We have had requests through the years for this variety especially from people who are originally from the Pennsylvania and Delaware region. It is a little far north for Winesap apples but we thought we would give them a try.
This little tree has the soap we attach to discourage deer browsing. They set a tree way back when the chew all the new growth off and the little first year trees are the most susceptible.
In light of the problems of colony collapse the recommendation is to expand and distribute more honey bee colonies, so we started our own hive this spring. The bees seem to be doing fine and it is the most enjoyable project we have done lately. If things go well our new hive will be the first of many.