Is it spring yet?
Last Saturday, April 23, offered a stark contrast to the same date last year. Instead of apple trees sporting some pink on flower buds just busting to burst, a couple of inches of heavy, wet snow hung on buds just starting to push green. Warmer weather is due this week, but it will be mixed with showers. Growers are busy, applying oil for scale and mite control, chopping prunings, and pruning peaches. The potential for a great crop is there – but memories of June 11 last year add angst to the equation.
My pruning demonstrations are done for the year. I will be demonstrating top-working older trees (grafting over to new varieties) on May 10 at Windy Ridge Orchard in North Haverhill (Meeting Notice).
Bill Lord, April 26, MMXI
Posted: April 26th, 2011 under Fruit Growers Journal.