2017 Harvest

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Apple pruning time

Beginning of March is usually the time for apple pruning. Honestly apple pruning is one of the jobs I hate. It's somewhere between potato planting and weed pulling in summer heat. Pruning itself would not be difficult if I weren't dwarf size and my apples weren't too tall for me. Out of all my apples I can climb only one of them, the rest have first branches way too high so I avoid trying to climb them. That means a lot of tinkering with tall shears.
Usually I manage to finish it one week. This year it took me a lot longer, but the reason were not my apples.
The reason was this crazy weather we're having here.
I decided to do my first pruning on February 27th. Like always apples have a lot of suckers on top of the tree so it took me ages to remove everything.

First few days Srećko was helping me with all my work.
When I say helping I mean he was running around the orchard while I was pruning. Still we had a tiny problem with this arrangement. I had to keep him on a leash because he is able to find every single crack between ground and fence and run away.

I managed to finish half of my orchard and then after one rainy night I woke up to this.

We had winter with no snow and now in March we got 10cm on heavy wet snow. Of course this kept me out of the orchard for almost a week. Then when we finally got some good weather I was sick for a while and again I couldn't do anything. This week I finally felt good, or let's say good enough to finish my work. In this 5 days since the snow went away flowers woke up so now my orchard was full of pretty colours. With first primroses also came first lungworts which I didn't want to stomp so I collected the ones that were in my way and saved them for drying.

I managed to finish all my apples today: I came home and then in just few hours again all hell broke loose. I was in my living room when the sound of sand started making noise outside, only it was not sand, it was hail. Luckily there is nothing growing of blooming right now except few early flowers so we won't have any damage even though the street was completely white even few hours after the storm. Only crazy Srećko didn't mind  the storm, we was running up and down catching hail balls. Nero as was hiding in the house as always.

 With this kind of weather and cold soil I think my first vegetable varieties will wait until Easter passes. There is no point in sowing peas and carrots now.


  1. Wow... very thick snow, it must be so cold! I can't wait to see your apple tree blooming and fruiting!

  2. We won't be sowing yet either our ground is cold and very wet.


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