Welcome to the new Moelker Orchards blog! Each week throughout the year we hope to interest you with thoughts, insights and news from the farm. We hope you will enjoy and share it! Feel free to comment or ask questions.
According to the calendar, spring is here! Looking outside I might beg to differ! While most folks can’t wait for warmer weather to show up, we in the fruit growing business actually like a cool late spring. A later spring means slower growth of our apple blossoms, and delays bloom until the chances of a killing frost are minimal. Remember 2012? It was in the 80’s in March and everything sprouted and bloomed a month earlier than normal. Remember no apple crop that year? We sure do. Fortunately, this year does not look like a repeat of that.
Here on the farm we are finishing up our apple tree pruning and getting the orchards cleaned up for the upcoming growing season (spring cleaning?). We are removing some older trees and will work this summer to build the soil up to prepare for next year’s planting. When I look at my winter “to do” list I’m always surprised at how many items didn’t get checked off! Where did the time go? Now it’s rush rush rush to get things repaired (how did I forget THAT!?) But ready or not we will soon be in full swing!
So while you golfers are cleaning up your clubs (again!) and you moms wish you could put away the winter coats and boots, just remember—spring will get here. When it does, we will forget all the waiting and enjoy it! And then we will wish it was summer…..
Hoping you have a fruitful day!