Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blooming trees

Shoko planting trees.

It's a good time to visit the orchard and come take a walk. Plum trees are in bloom with white fluffy flowers and the peach trees are just starting to put out pink blossoms.  By the end of this week the orchard should be full of pink and white flowering trees.

Unfortunately, it's been a very dry winter and spring, so we had to start irrigation for the trees earlier than usual. The trees needed more water before blossoming.  

During the past few weeks we've finished pruning the last trees, like the persimmon and olive trees.  We've also planted around 70 new trees, mostly peaches and few plums. We plan to hang pheromones in the stone fruit trees for the first time this year to hopefully help with pest control.

In the gardens we're starting to make rows for planting.  The first tomato seedlings are growing in the hot house.  We usually plant out tomato seedlings around April 15th, depending on the weather.

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