Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Apple Trees in Bloom
Only about half of our Apples are blooming. I am hoping the other half bloom together as well otherwise I am going to have to find yet another variety to bridge the gap in bloom times.
My honey bees really seem to prefer Apple blooms over anything else it seems, they will stop working the Plum, Redbud and dandelions and focus almost exclusively on the Apples once they start. Hopefully that will insure more cross pollination as the years progress.
I never noticed even one bloom on the pear trees this year. Then again they are still young and I don't believe I saw any last year either. Perhaps they need to mature some more.
This evening out of all the various fruit tree bloom times is proving much harder than the various lists and expected bloom time lists I referenced suggested. Either a few of them were miss marked or someone had their expected bloom dates out of whack.
Got a little more garden work done today with a raised bed of onions put in and the first planting of the Pole Beans. It maybe a bit early yet but I have plenty for more planting if needs be.
What I really needed to do today was mow the yard but my garden tractor had a flat rear tire which I took in to get repaired and they still do not have it fixed. I couldn't even get the Ford out because I parked the lawn mower (with one tire missing) right in front of the Tractor.... Grrrrr... I should have known better and not done that at least I could have done some of the mowing with the brush hog.
They are forecasting at least an inch of rain for us tomorrow and if we get it you can bet I am gonna feel the lawn mowing squeeze before it dries out. Looks like I will be taking half cuts and twice the time when I can finally get back out there.
Still everything is ahead of schedule so no worries... YET. But it doesn't take much this time of year to get way behind on the grass.
Oh ya and we had two more lambs born this evening right about the time I was calling it a day. A little boy and a girl. I don't even know what we are up to now. All I know is there are lambs running everywhere inside the barn if they were any larger it would be like a giant mixing bowl of sheep swirl or something.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!