May 2016

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    Week 21, Orchard Cider Year

    May 25, OUTDOORS:   Good Dabinett blossom. Two bumble species, moving in short hops flower to flower, pausing briefly, no slacking. They probably worked all day yesterday too. Honeybees madly active on this perfect day, with noticeably more aerobatics and longer stops than the home bees. Yesterday was less lovely, they took it easy. That dark […]

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    Week 20, Orchard Cider Year

    May 19, OUTDOORS:  This was a nice-looking 5-acre orchard bearing several different heirloom varieties, not all cider fruit, till Steve decided to plant for more efficient future cider-apple production.  The photo is boring on purpose. Fitz will have a slow day plowing the whole field at less than walking pace, jumping down whenever a plow-stopping […]

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    Week 19, Orchard Cider Year

    May 12, OUTDOORS:  Spring crush is on – no indoor pix this week. Here’s a none-too-slick illustration of planting mostly Ashmead’s Kernel and a few Ribston Pippin on Thursday. We borrowed a neighbor’s big tractor to pull this planter, itself borrowed from a fellow-grower (& made by the great Phil Brown). At first they don’t […]

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    Week 18, Orchard Cider Year

    May 3, OUTDOORS: In past photos you may have seen neat rows of cut branches centered in aisle after aisle of pruned trees – that’s Fitz’s way.  Another way: move through the pruning, then come back later and line up your brush with hooks and pitchforks – like Otis and Luke on a wet Tuesday. […]