Saturday, May 30, 2009

what happens on the the winter and spring

I have been wanting to show you what the farm looks like in the winter and spring...but didn't get anything posted until now. I wasn't sure if anyone really looked at our website or blog during the winter. So...since we are waiting for those strawberries to ripen, I thought I would give you some pictures to look at. If you aren't's ok. Check back next week for a strawberry update!
Blueberries in the fall...they turn a beautiful red color. Later in the winter they are pruned and shaped up for the next season.

This is how they looked at the end of December. It was an unusually snowy winter....remember??

The Peach orchard gets pruned in the spring also and when the trees start to bloom, they are gorgeous.
Then we watch the temperatures at night. If it drops below freezing, the frost prevention needs to be turned on in the orchard. This year, there were many nights of waking...and going out to turn the misting sprinklers on. The water coats the small immature fruit and insulates to keep the peaches from freezing. The bucket in the picture has the sprinkler heads in it after the irrigation system was removed a few weeks ago.
When the rain stops and the fields dry out enough the spring field work begins...plowing, planting, hoeing and irrigating. Hope you enjoyed this small sampling of what goes on at the farm.

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