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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Our updated home page photos show tasty fresh asparagus and apples (including Honeycrisp), a selection of gift baskets, lovely flower baskets, and a series of apples:  The trees which produce SweeTango(R) apples in glorious bloom (taken earlier), Dave checking the same trees for frost damage (taken May 16), and a photo of the apple orchard behind our home in Hart, Michigan (photo taken today, May 18).  

There were so many blossoms on the young trees which will produce SweeTango(R) apples, that the frost damage we received appears to have thinned them down just about right.  When young branches are covered with apple blossoms, having 19 out of 20 blooms frozen is not so bad; the tree would not be able to support the fruit if they all came to maturity.  The frost may have scarred the surface of the remaining fruit; it is too early to tell.   (It’s amazing to cut open the newly developing apple, maybe 1/8″ diameter, and to see the five seed compartments filled with teeny tiny white seeds!)  Now, if we lost 19 out of 20 blooms on cherry trees, that would be a devastating crop loss.  Each type of fruit has its own individual parameters.

Honeybees went home.

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Jim Hilton took his honeybees home Wednesday night, since their work on our farm is done.  Apples are the latest crop in bloom, and their peak is over. 

The blossoms producing the best apples are the king blooms; they open a bit earlier than the three or four blooms that surround them.  The best scenario is to have great weather for pollination as soon as the king blooms open, and for the crabapples to bloom that early, as well.  Then, as the bees do their work, the best fruit will start to grow.

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