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Orchard Pictures 2013

Posted by konrad___far_north 3..just outside of E (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 7, 13 at 1:23

We got snow again the other day

Last weekend
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From Febr.16
Pruned out dead wood on the Evans cherries,..not full hardy for my climate.
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Just took the first pink apple juice in from under the snow, these were from the Red Wonder and some of my seedling apples, also pink, about the size of Trailman Crab.

This juice I really like, it's got a nice tangy bite to it but still sweet, checked Brix, around 10.2

Looking into the fridge, on the right is the pink juice, on the left, Evans cherry from the keg.

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Konrad the pink juice looks so good. Since my first red-fleshed apples are going in this spring, you'll have to send me apples! I still would like to buy some honey! Mrs. G


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Hope all is going well with everyone's dreams!

Just picked the first berries,
these Haskap, berry blue and blue belle are a surprise every year.

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This little plant, [offspring from layering] produce very early.
Plant is held up by a stick.
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Konrad, good to hear from you! What do they really taste like? Thanks, Mrs. G


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Nice pictures Konrad.
Here's one of the two I have.Some Aphid problems earlier and an unexplainable loss of leaves last year,which the plant is still recovering from.Some Blueberries are photo-bombing on the left.
These are the Japanese Haskap.The other plant ripened earlier and had the more common elongated fruit.They were also somewhat sweeter.I'm finding that leaving the berries on until just a touch will make them fall improves the taste. Brady
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You have a nice orchard. Your fruit looks so good. I want to eat an apple! I never herd of haskap. I will have to google it.
It looks like a nice deer blind, or is that a tree house? That juice looks good too. The cherry must be strong.


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your jelly looks good too. Is it cherry?


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Just read some of your other post. Looks like your going to have to start hunting moose.
Those wolves look healthy. It must get noisy at night by your place. They know where the moose are and check there health from time to time. I saw an excellent show called battlefield wolf. you must love living up there. I like the colder weather when I don't have to frame houses in it. We work all winter long and cut off at -25. Of course Im talking wind chill down here in lower Michigan. I bet you have some good fishing by you. I would live off the land too. I kind of do already down here. I have lots of deer. Wait till that bull wants to rub his antlers!


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How often do you actually get sweet cherries? You are so far north. Maybe we should have tried them here.


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Excellent konrad! i just managed to get 4 haskap bushes this year (2 borialis 1 cinderella and 1 honeybee). Have to wait for next year for fruit!

Mrsg bob bohrs from u of sask says " a mix of wild blueberry, raspberry and something i cant quite put my finger on". Ive read most people seem to taste wild bluevberry and something else many people cant describe. These are "new" plants here, besides the wild ones that are rare here, so ive never tried them myself...


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Nice konrad. Big honeyberries. How many hrs of direct sun do they get?


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Thank you all!

>>It looks like a nice deer blind, or is that a tree house?<<
Originally I put a fuel stand up and wanted to put a water tank on top so I can pump water in from the pond for a gravity fed system. Then I found my 12 V battery powered RV pump, filling some barrels and hose pressure for garden was just fine. I then put a wooden platform up to keep empty honey bee boxes up as swarm lures, swarms like to go up searching for a new home, it has worked a couple of times. I then added a little house for storage, [mice prove]

>>your jelly looks good too. Is it cherry?<<
Yes, chokecherry, very nice!

>>Those wolves look healthy<<
These are nice size coyotes, wolves are a bit further north.

>>How often do you actually get sweet cherries?<<
We really can't grow them, only when I can lay down some branches and with good snow cover, not really worth it, I only do it for fun. Most cherries I post are the Evans, sour cherries.

>>Big honeyberries. How many hrs of direct sun do they get?<<
Mostly all day in a sheltered, [bush around] growing with other little trees in the nursery.

From other thread, orchard pictures 2012
>>What are the spacing of your trees like the ones in the 2nd,3rd, and 4th picture at the top of this page? What rootstock are they on? Would help me out a lot! <<

About 4m apart from row to row and about 3m in the row from tree to tree, this was just a guesstimate for my harsh climate, trees not growing all that huge, using my own seedling root stock, collected seeds from Siberian type crab apple.

All the stars have lined up correctly for a good Apricot crop in Edmonton, happens about one's in 5 or 6 years [average].

Here is a link that might be useful: Apricots in Flower


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This from Aug.14th,
Ptitsin plum, think it's the #5, nice aromatic and freestone.


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Last year I started a new raspberrie patch,..the old one on the far right,..just barely visible, you can see the 3 wooden end post.


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From the old patch, mostly Souris Raspberry.


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The earliest apples, mostly Norland [picture], a couple handfull Parkland, Harcourt and little Rescue got juiced on Aug. 22.


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Norland mix Juice


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Those rasps will like it in all that sun.


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So, so gorgeous! Your orchard is a work of art :)

But hey, why does Bambi not wreak havoc around there? Branches too high?

I'm going to have to decide on a deer strategy for my new little orchard. Bambi pruned my nectarine for me recently ;) She did a great job, actually, lol. But that will have to stop.


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Konrad so beautiful. My orchard after seven years is finally taking off. I have trees that really look like trees. I hope next year is a better fruit year for me and I wish my orchard was as orderly as yours! Just beautiful.. Still want juice and honey. Mrs. G


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Thank you all!
>>But hey, why does Bambi not wreak havoc around there?<<

I put farm wire loop around when small, these trees are fairly large,...in the summer deer just nibble off leaves, moose will prune ends sometimes, in winter they do more damage, they can pull down branches because their diet is mostly woody plants.

Most apple trees are taking a rest this year, some have a little.

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Great pictures! Especially of the moose. Where these picts taken with a store bought trail camera, or the home made one that you designed?

That dude is tall enough so that he can harvest the whole apple tree for you. What a nice guy! However, you may not like how he processes the apple juice.


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LOL..yeah, I always get a kick out of moose pictures,..surprises surprise, these guy's have no fear, not like deer, one tree I started to pick with a ladder in the evening, ..figured moose might clean it up over night, so then I lay the ladder down, V shape spreading both side of trunk and sticking beyond, ..moose didn't care!
One thing about wildlife, they come and eat for only a short period,..not like us humans, the hunter and gatherer would kick in and clean up everything.

Yes, these pictures are of my homebuild, using a W7 Sony camera, got two others out using Sony DSC- S600 and Sony S40, got cheap second hand, the hacking wiring soldering is the worst, haven't build anymore for a couple of year and I don't think I will build more.

Here is a unique picture because two cameras fired the same time, ...the one on the left giving another light source from the flash.


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This camera took over 50 pictures blank/dark, ...forgot to set flash, again, light source from the other camera on the left.


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Those are great shots of the orchard and wildlife! This area of ontario is pretty much that same idea; you live near any forest you have moose, deer rabbits and bears. Deer live in the middle of the city in patches of woodland and travel around the city using the bike paths. Ive almost hit them coming around a blind corner. These deer are fearless and didnt even flinch. People here feed them too much... then they wonder why they walk in the middle of the road or come into the city....


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Thank you Canadianplant!

This fall I don't have much wildlife to deal with,..I like it!
One male moose was only around for one week, this Whitetail mom with two offspring.


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Here a newsclip from Sweden.
Drunken moose stuck in a apple tree!

Here is a link that might be useful: Drunken Moose!


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Today I was picking these Golden Spice pears.


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Some mystery apples still on the tree,...need a name!


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These tamarck, [Larix laricina] grown from seeds, getting a splending fall color.


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At the nursery.


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Wowo Konrad, how tall is that pear?

Call those mystery apples "Konrads Krisp" LOL

Love the tamarak. They are all over here.


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K

PLEASE ADOPT ME AND AND CAN I MOVE IN !!!!!!!!!

MIKE


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LOL..thanks!

That pear looks taller then it looks because I'm on a hill.
The tree, John or David was about a 6 footer when I planted it in 1982, since, I grafted it over to some others but the main top is now Golden Spice, the latest to ripen, [you want a late one on top].. about 25 feet tall.

These from about 10 days ago, Collet Apple, great late apple
which are resistant to Apple maggots, I find most late apples are better against this pest. After each bucket of apples picked, a bunch of ladybugs were in the bucket! It seems, it just happens that only on these apples I have lots of ladybugs.


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Ladybugs are on the stems.


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In the bucket.


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Back to that pear tree, found a picture from a bottom branch with John or David pear, great producer!


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Supreme Plums were loaded this year.


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Patterson's Pride Plum, a weeping tree, bears on small trees.


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This is a first out in the orchard, some Valiant grapes.


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At the pond late summer, been planting waterlilies, killed some by not taking them home in the fall, these here survived the winter for about 3 years, it can work with lots of snow cover and water table high.

Happy thanksgiving Canada!


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i was wondering if it were on a hill.... Thats a nice aged tree then. Sounds like you did what Im planning to do to my John. Also an amazing amount of fruit.

I got to taste mine. I do see what you mean about the flavor. Tastes like it would be good to cook with to some degree at least.... thats a ton of fruit indeed.

Looks like youre getting a bit of an indian summer as well (knocking on wood). Hope winter doesnt hit to fast this year!


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Those pears and plums are a nice size.

All the sage advice is to thin them to get large size fruit. These don't look like they were thinned.
. Did you thin these.? If not... then what did you do to get them togrow thos size?

If you did thin.... then at what time and how much space between?

Mike


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CDN
The sour pears, still have them stored and will be mixing into apple juice,..hopefully this weekend.

Mes
No, didn't thin them, [John or David]
The Golden Spice are naturally thinned.


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Harvest season came to a end and picked the last apples, ..


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And made some juice, mixing in some red flesh, [red wonder]
turned out that this one is easy to drink on it's own.


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Red Wonder Juice..


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Red wonder pulp..


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From Oct. 2


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From Oct. 9


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Another Moose...same one, striped this tree in 10 min.


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Posing...


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Konrad I am consistently in awe of your talents for growing. The fruit is amazing as always. Thank you so much for the pics. Mrs. G


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Scary to think that moose is only a few years old...


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Almost over with harvest this year,...will be juicing lots of Sept. Ruby apples.

This from yesterday, we had a hard frost about 2 weeks ago, went down to around minus 6C. In a nutshell,....it was a short season, late spring and early Sept. frost,..other then that, a good warm summer with enough rain, hardly ever needed to water the veggie garden.


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The above picture,..apples I thinned out.

If not, ..they come in bundles!


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Konrad,
Any chance to show us an interior cut of those apples? Red fleshed apples sound great! Very impressive orchard!

This post was edited by ClarkinKS on Fri, Sep 26, 14 at 7:56


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I always love seeing your pics. Great stuff.


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This is easily the best collection of submitted photos I've ever seen. Incredible Konrad....absolutely incredible. Sets my mind to dreaming.
Thanks so much for posting. Wow.


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  • Posted by glenn10 5a New Brunswick (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 26, 14 at 19:14

Konrad I think you should start a new 2014 orchard thread....It's going to be 2015 soon!
Apples look good, mine always seem to have some sort of bug scarring on them. Did all your varieties have a chance to ripen fully with the short season this year?


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Thank you all!
Think I can skip 2014,....almost over.

>>Did all your varieties have a chance to ripen fully with the short season this year?<<

Sort of,...the minus 6C. 21.2F about 3 weeks ago, some suffered damage, a plum which was still green totally froze and are dark brown now.

>>Any chance to show us an interior cut of those apples?<<

Sept. Ruby, endured around minus 6C. 21.2F one night about 3 weeks ago.


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The above picture,..apples I thinned out.
If not, ..they come in bundles!

What variety is this tree Konrad?


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Sept. Ruby


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Your pictures look just as good or better than in a magazine. I always have to stop and marvel at them. Beautiful stuff. You inspire me to keep trying even when squirrels have stripped my tree bare.


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Konrad- I'm slowly developing my own little mixed fruit orchard and for whatever reason I didn't have much interest in apples. You and you're incredible photos have single handedly changed my mind....who wouldn't be thrilled to have trees filled with large, beautiful, dense fruit like yours?!?! Even an amateur like me knows its not easy to get such large, perfectly shaped, unblemished apples! The fact that you do it so far north with such short seasons just makes it all the more impressive. Way to go, my friend. And thank you for sharing. You honestly have inspired me.


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Great apples Konrad ! When that variety becomes available in my area I want to get some of them. Thanks for posting an interior cut picture!


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