Category Archives: orchard

Full Swales: Rain Brings Encouragement

It’s been nearly a year since I finished my Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDCC, or commonly called the PDC). I’ve been observing the land and the way the water flows on it. Every big rain I go out and get my boots muddy looking to see how the water moves across my baby permaculture system. Every once in a while I get time to chip away at the design that resides mostly in my head. The labor sometimes seems fruitless. It’s difficult to know if I’m doing it right. My only credentials so far is an online course and lots of other online research. Continue reading Full Swales: Rain Brings Encouragement

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Did I Make My Peach Tree Produce More Fruit by Accident?

Did I Make My Peach Tree Produce More Fruit by Accident?Early this season when I was up in the orchard just observing my trees (I like to do that), I noticed something
a little weird.

I have this little Peach tree that has two main trunks. One side is producing leaves and very few flowers and the other side is producing loads of flowers and very few leaves.  Both branches, or trunks, are above the graft so there isn’t any chance of it acting like two different trees.

Did I Make My Peach Tree Produce More Fruit by Accident?

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My Orchard 2013: Updates

April Update

If you saw my video back in January, you know that I was quite timid about how I was pruning the young bare root trees.

See Video Here if you missed it.

I would like to post this video update to show that my trees do not hate me. They have forgiven my brutal ignorance  and seem to be loving life. All the trees: Apple, Pear and Peach are coming out and soaking up the sun. They appear to be happy where they are. Continue reading My Orchard 2013: Updates

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Introductory Beekeeping Class: My Experience

Bee Keeping… Where do you start? How hard can it be? Where do you get supplies? Where do you get bees? How much honey do you get? How much money can you make? Can you even make money? Will I get stung? How aggressive are the bees?

All those questions and more have tumbled around in my head. This is why I decided to take a Bee Keeping Class. There is a Bee Keeper who offers a class in our area. The class takes two and a half hours but is jam packed with Continue reading Introductory Beekeeping Class: My Experience

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My Garden & Orchard 2013: Fruit in Bloom

The fruit trees produce some of the most beautiful flowers! This post is to share some that I’ve captured in the last few weeks. My photos are all captured by my Galaxy S3… so, they aren’t “professional” 🙂

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