Work at the orchard continues to plod. The zeal that kept me enthusiastic during my first couple weeks back is starting to fade. I find myself wanting to forego this week’s PVTh post (as I refer to them in my mind). So we’ll keep things brief.
Our crew has, once again, expanded. One of the neighbor boys (whom I have known since kindergarten) has returned after four summers elsewhere. It’s great to have another person around–jobs go by more quickly.
We DID install a brand new water line that goes from the well out to the strawberry patch. It was pretty cool–my dad has a trenching machine that attaches to the back of the tractor. After we laid out the piping, all I had to do was guide it as it went through the tube on the machine and into the ground. See photo:
Other than that, we’ve been hoeing a lot. We got through all the newly planted fields. The sad thing is we’ll have to do them again next week… and the next… and the next…
Jobs This Week:
- Mow around barns
- Remove frost covers
- Install new water line
- Haul plastic out of old pumpkin fields
- Clean high tunnel (which is similar to a greenhouse)
- Haul out dead raspberry bushes
- Spread mulch
- Trim rootstock plantings
- Plant more rootstock
- Clean kitchen in Apple Shed
- Fertilize all strawberry fields
- Haul old plastic and drip lines to dumpster
- Hoe new strawberry fields. (3 days this week)
- Prep for pumpkin planning
- Clip flowers on new strawberry fields
At least there’s variety!
Lows: While hauling out all the dead raspberry bushes from the high tunnel, I made the mistake of wearing shorts and my legs got super cut-up. Later, we moved plastic out of the fields… but it had rained so we got covered in slime pushing the plastic into the dumpster. To top all it off, I spent 45 minutes washing moldy baking pans because someone forgot to clean them after our pre-Christmas sale last December.
High: Last Friday, in the midst of removing the frost covers, we had an extra-long break ’cause my dad brought us out for lunch. Also, today I got to drive to the cities to pick up a shipment of fertilizer, which took up the whole afternoon.