Friday, April 26, 2013

Apples and Strawberries Blooming

   Apple trees are now in bloom.  The cold spring has extended the bloom season of all our tree fruits.  Temperatures have dropped to 32 F or below several times during apple bloom, turning some petals brown, but not hurting the pistils, where the apples will develop, at all.  In between the rains, I've been making controlled crosses of 'Enterprise', 'GoldRush' and Coop 27 blooms for my apple breeding program.
Apple bloom is more staggered this year due to the cold spring.
   Strawberries have just begun blooming, and should continue to bloom over the next 3 to 4 weeks.  Strawberry and asparagus harvests have been greatly delayed this year.  Strawberry harvest season should run from about May 18 to June 10.  Strawberries are pick-your-own only, by appointment only, so call 620-597-2450 a couple days ahead to make an appointment.  We finally started harvesting asparagus, and will have limited amounts of harvested asparagus for sale from April 30 to about June 15, for $2.78 per pound + tax.  
   We'll also still have 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for sale until late May this year.  They're protected from freezes in our sales building, and keep in top condition for 6-8 months in our cooler.  If you want to get asparagus and/or apples, call 620-597-2450 and leave a message saying when you'll be coming.  Thanks.
   In between the rains, our workers and I have been pruning blackberries and raspberries, and I've been applying herbicides to the bramble rows.  There should be good crops of  raspberries and
blackberries this year, but they'll start several weeks later than they did last year.
Our workers helped prune raspberries and blackberries last Sat.  From right to left, Rachael Triebel and Daniel Rennie prune black raspberries and Brandon Ledford prunes purple raspberries.