Posts Tagged ‘orchards’

New photos on homepage

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

You know it’s getting toward the end of summer when local melons are ripe!  The photos of our farm in Oceana County on our homepage include some of our melons (we have both orange-fleshed and green-fleshed melons, sweet and juicy), one of our watermelons (we grow several varieties), a close-up of apples showing the typical freckling of SweeTango(R) apples that are turning red (we hope these will make the grade to earn the name!), one of our young orchards which will produce some SweeTango(R) apples around the first of September (the apples will be nice and red by then!), and two photos of peaches ripening.  You may notice the stubs of branches near a couple of the peaches.  Summer pruning is done on peaches; branches without fruit (often growing straight up) are removed to prevent them from shading the fruit.  Peaches need to see plenty of sunshine to develop their beautiful color and juicy sweet flavor.

Soft rain for thirsty crops.

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Today we’re getting some much-needed rain here in Oceana County.  It’s been very dry in the orchards and fields; this will really help the sweet corn take off and grow!  We have irrigation under the mulch for most of our vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, summer squash), but our famous sweet corn needs to get moisture from the clouds!

Dave has been irrigating the orchards to keep the trees healthy and to get the newly planted trees off to a good start.   Our trickle irrigation systems have the added benefit of targeting specific locations and amounts of water.  They are buried, so we don’t lose much to evaporation, either.  Dave really works at doing the right things and doing them well, to have a farm that will sustain crops for generations.

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