The orchard is in bloom as you can see by our latest pictures. This certainly is a great time to be among the trees, both for us and the bees. The prettiest time of the year for sure, smells great too.

photo of apple trees in bloom
photo of apple trees in bloom
photo of a bee on an apple trees bloom

More spring plantings

Earlier this spring John Bunker, the guiding force behind the Maine Heritage Orchard at the MOFGA site came to our orchard with his assistant Laura Sieger on snowshoes to gather scion wood (cuttings) from our heirloom trees to graft onto their rootstock. This was for the propagation of new trees for both the Heritage Orchard and the Fedco trees that are sold every spring to customers throughout the state.

On Friday, May 5th we got 20 new trees from the Fedco sale of heirloom varieties that we don't have yet. Most of the trees were on John Bunker's recommendation and some were from trees unique to Maine.

We have included pictures of the plantings of those trees with our power augur and plain old handwork. Casey and John did the plantings but more and more the care and nurturing of these trees are the responsibility of Casey, Emily, and their two boys.

In a few years there will be a good selection of antique and heirloom apples to try. Remember that everybody has McIntosh but we'll have Canadian Strawberry apples and Windham Russets and much much more.

photo of man with tractor
photo of tractor and auger
photo of man operating auger
photo of men planting trees
photo of men planting trees

Spring plantings

We are expanding our Heirloom Apple collection with some different varieties and also planting more of the types we have that people enjoyed.

We plant with an auger on the tractor but there has been so much rain that that the holes fill up with water very quickly. It is not easy working in all the mud so we are looking forward to dry warm weather so we can broadcast the spring lime. Calcium is the key for crispy apples and the trees really need it every year.

photo of trees in box
photo of tractor and auger
photo of man planting trees
photo of woman planting trees
photo of tractor

February update

It is pruning time in the orchard and we spend most days there shaping up the trees and cleaning out the sucker growth.

We are accompanied every day by a large flock of robins who are feeding on the dropped apples that didn't get cleaned up last fall. In the last picture you can see some of them as they hop around on the ground. We have been taking care of these trees in the winter for over 30 years and this is the first time that robins have been here so early.

photo of woman pruning apple tree
photo of woman pruning apple tree
photo of man and woman with pruning equipment
photo of pruned apple trees
photo of robin under pruned trees

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