|Brandon Ledford, left, dug holes while Joel Zwahlen, right, and I transplanted strawberries into 9 rows of raised beds in our new strawberry field. Our apple orchard was blooming in the background.|
I've also been transplanting 100 more 'Natchez' blackberry plants over the last few days. This thornless blackberry variety is very early-ripening and has very large, excellent quality fruit. The existing 'Natchez' blackberry plants are blooming now.
This morning we just about finished pruning the peach orchard before the rain set in. We have a huge peach crop this year, so we'll start thinning the young fruit heavily in a few weeks. We bought pneumatic limb shakers to help with peach thinning this year. Removing excess young fruit is necessary so the remaining fruit will develop decent size and sweetness.