Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Back 40 Apple Pictures

Took some pics of my apples as I worked in the orchard this morning.

Linda Sweet Crab
Shafer Crab
King David
Brushy Mountain Limbertwig
 I have a couple more months of waiting to taste any of these fall ripening apples.  Hopefully the bear, deer, squirrels, and raccoon will leave me some to try.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

New Toy

I'll be parking the old Ford 861 built in 1959 and mowing the orchards with this.

New Holland 40 horsepower Boomer.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Pictures from the Orchards

Just some random pictures I've taken over the past few days while working in the orchards.

Found this little fella sleeping away the day waiting for Mom to return.
With all the wet weather we've had over the past several years the vernal pond has been carrying water year round. Whether or not it can still be call a vernal pond I don't know, but it is a place of serenity.
Williams Pride and Chestnut Crab are a few of the apples I'll get to try this fall if the deer, bear, and raccoon let me.
Fireblight can be very destructive in an orchard. Pruning 8-12 inches past the infected branch is required and then burning or bagging the infected branch is needed to stop the spread. This is the first year I've had to deal with this disease and it has only infected a few trees but I'll have to remain vigilant in the years to come.
This box of Chickadees are only about 100 yards from the house. My feeders should be full of Chickadees this fall.

One box of Bluebirds just born and another box ready to fledge.
I have just 2 boxes of Tree Swallows this year. One can only guess as to the difficulties birds encounter on their migration each year.
Hope you enjoyed sharing my walk through the orchards, and Bliss says Hi to everyone.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Bliss's New Hunting Partner

My hunting buddy Russell just got a Ryman-type pup from Flanagan Springs Kennels.  Mollie was born the same week as Bliss so they will be growing up and learning together in the coverts this fall. They met for the first time last week and here are some of the pictures.

That first sniff.

The beginning of a long friendship.

And the fun begins.

Sharing a drink after a long play session.

I can see a lot of enjoyable days spent in the coverts in the years to come.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Few Bliss Pics

I'm really enjoying this pup.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Nursery

It looks like my grafting was pretty successful this year.  Some very rare Limbertwig varieties and some local unknown varieties will be planted here on the homestead, but many of these will be (hopefully) sold this fall. I seem to be stirring up some interest in heirloom apple varieties as I sold all the trees that I advertised last fall and have several people on a waiting list.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Walk around the Back40

The Bliss taking so much of my time I haven't been taking my daily walks in the Back40.  Today I slipped away and here's what I saw.

The Chestnut Crab was one of the first apples to bloom and now the applets are growing.
This Bluebird hen was determined to protect her eggs.
A Hoover apple tree is one of my last to bloom thus escaping any late frosts.
I should have been cleaning my bird boxes out earlier. I'm still finding nesting mice in many of them.
With the unusually February the wood frogs laid their eggs early. Then came a very cold March. As a result I've seen only a few tadpoles in the vernal pond.

So far this year I have only one Tree Swallow nest. Usually I have 2 or 3 nesting pairs.

This Brown Thrasher has some kind of large bug for lunch.
Only one Chickadee nest this year. The mice have taken over many of my woodland boxes.
That's the end of my Back40 walk, hope you enjoyed it.