Sunday, June 2, 2013

Early June at the Orchard!

Mini me and I visited grandma and the orchard today and things are looking very good for this coming season!!!
Rain has been good for the plums.  The Santa Rosas are about 1/3 the size they'll be when we pick them and they are already showing some color.  Plums drop very little fruit and require a lot of manual thinning. 
The apple trees are loaded and starting to fill out!

 Grandma's new rhubarb patch!

This bunch of apples illustrates what is about to happen: Apples generally set on more fruit than a tree can support and in June they undergo what is called 'June Drop,' where some of the excess fruit stops developing and drops from the tree.

'June Drop' is also occurring with the peaches, as seen below:

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