Scoping out possible orchard locations
Photos don't lie. I've resorted to voodoo in an effort to get fruit-tree blossoms to bypass spring freezes.
I don't even want to talk
about the hundreds of flowers on our now mature apple trees that are
currently being nipped by this extreme version of dogwood winter. Maybe
the few unopened buds like the ones shown in the upper right in this
photo collage will make it through...but I doubt it. Unfortunately, the
wind has just been too extreme to allow for much freeze protection and
the forecast doesn't look good.
one, shown above, would be my preference. This little knoll is just
above our core homestead, so access is easy (minus the hill climbing).
Old pines have been falling in this area for the last few years, so it
wouldn't be quite so heart-wrenching to take down the forest to make way
for fruit trees. And I can envision that mandatory deer fence butting
up against a goat pasture fence since I dream of someday using most of
this hillside to graze our herd.
Option two is a little
further away from our core homestead, but is still an easy walk...across
the creek and up the hill. This hillside is south-facing and an old
logging road creates a terrace that has been collecting leaves and building humus for decades.
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