Most of Apple tree pruning is behind us now. We took advantage of the relatively warm, snow-free early winter weather and went for it.
Now we have time to make plans for this year and beyond. This spring we will plant 100 Ginger Gold, 260 Paula Red, 130 Honey Crisp & 100 Gala. Also, Lisa, Ward & Family will plant 2 acres of peaches and another ½ acre of raspberries.
2016 will be a big planting year for us; 300 Ruby Mac, 400 Gala, 800 Honey Crisp and 1000 Snap Dragon.
Planning ahead for 1000 more trees to go in during the spring of 2017.
Pruning Work shop is set for Saturday, March 21, 9 am till noon at our farm. Pruning demonstrations will be given on apples, pears, peaches and plums. Towards the end we will tackle an abandoned apple tree. For information and to pre-register, call Schuyler County CCE @ 607-535-7161 or sign up online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/fruittreepruning2015_244
New Apple Publication for Home Orchardists
For the past 3 years I have worked with Molly Shaw (former Tioga County CCE Educator), Debbie Breth (CCE Pest Management Specialist from the Lake Ontario Fruit Area) and others to write “Apple IPM for Beginners”. This is a guide for new fruit growers to help them protect their orchards from pests and diseases. It includes a series of 15 How to Fact Sheets for particular pests and diseases. You can view this publication on line at http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/orchard-ipm/. To order a hard copy, contact Debbie Breth at lof.cce.cornell.edu.
Now that a new growing season is upon us, I will be updating my orchard blog with what we are doing in the orchard each week. Click on the link below. https://fingerlakesorchard.wordpress.com/