I wanted to bring attention to a study we are doing at Walden Heights. In both research and direct observation, there is evidence that crowding of root systems leads to some dwarfing effects. Apples in particular tend to avoid growing … Read more
For those interested in planting a dwarf apple orchard in the cold climates of North America:
Walden Heights is zone 3 NE Vermont at 1700ft, and has seen -40 this decade. The lower snow cover and temperature swings lately will … Read more
Collecting scionwood properly can increase the success rate of grafting. This post will identify the type of wood you are looking for, and why scrutiny is important.
This first photo shows the final product, a length of new growth wood … Read more
Freeze damage and the presence of pathogens in the orchard can apparently be linked. George Sundin and Nikki Rothwell at the Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences published at article entitled, “ Bacterial canker, ice … Read more
Here at Walden Heights, we are having trouble with plum trees. The plums in our orchard are relatively young and generally healthy and vigorous. They flower beautifully and are surrounded by pollinators, yet they bear no fruit. As we pruned … Read more
Lupulin, in a word is the reason for hops.
This photo, taken in midwinter displays the fortitude with which the sticky substance adheres to the dry and decaying skeleton of last season’s vine.… Read more
Having used a chipper in the past, I have since retired it. Here’s why:
I don’t need it. Orcharding like many other endeavors, requires a cost-benefit analyses.
1.The unit we could afford, for one, took an awfully long time to … Read more
Ribes fruit cycle
The fruit buds of currants and gooseberries (the ribes genus) are similar enough to discuss together. The fruit buds occur laterally on new shoots, and on spurs or spur like branching of older wood. As new growth … Read more
The praying mantis is a voracious predator. It relies mostly on ambush, but is lightning quick. Comprised of 2200 hundred species worldwide, they vary widely in their appearance, generally engaging in mimicry of vegetation or some other chameleon-like sneaky behavior. … Read more
Wow. Can we contrast this with a sustainable farm maybe?
Monoculture has been a boogeyman word for a long time now, but what does it relly mean in its entirety. More to come….… Read more
It looks and acts alot like our common fruit flies, but this one is a whole lot worse. Yet another Asian invasive, this insect is slowly establishing itself throughout North America.
The espalier (that’s ess-pal-yay) is a fancy word for a fancy tree. Specifically it is a tree or bush that is trained to grow in one plane, give or … Read more
Salvestrol is one of the new words around town. It is apparently another helpful substance in the fight against cancer. Fitting in nicely with the other health benefits of eating fresh fruits, it also is helpful in giving us pause … Read more
Rarely will you see a more beautiful bird, and rarely will you see a greater nuisance. These gluttons come en masse, sometimes a dozen, sometimes a hundred. They are the songbird equivalent of the locust, able … Read more
I am not sure how many aphids these guys can consume on a given day, but I watched one last year spend a good half hour doing nothing else. The aphids were heavily infecting a plum tree in the orchard, … Read more
extreme watercore in apple (image : Red58bill)
This is appearing in the disease section, but does not really fit within this category. It is however often thought of as such. Really an affliction of poor management, but with some varieties … Read more
Apple scab (Venuria inaequalis) is a fungal disease of malus species specifically, affecting all species and nearly … Read more
There wil be a good deal of future posts on this subject, but this will be a good intro for those who are green to the world of hard cidermaking.
The following is the incredibly complicated procedure (ahem) of making … Read more