Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Peaches in Full Bloom

   Peach trees are beautiful in full bloom now.  Temperatures are predicted to drop to 31 F tonight and the next night, which shouldn't hurt the peach crop at all.  Pears are just about to bloom, and apples will follow next week.
The peach orchard looked beautiful on April 7.
   During these couple days of cold and rain, I'm doing computer work and sorting apples in the sales building.  Then it's back to a very busy time of pruning blackberry and raspberry plants, applying herbicides, and many other spring jobs.
The white peach variety 'China Pearl', right, has large showy blossoms, in full bloom on April 9, while most peach varieties, such as 'Newhaven' at left and 'Challenger' in photo above, have smaller and less showy petals.
   Asparagus harvest should start in a few days.  From about April 15 to May 31, we'll have limited amounts of harvested asparagus for sale 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 to let me know when you'll be coming.  Thanks.