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Homestead Update

It rained nearly every day this week, we probably had a total of 5 inches total so not much was accomplished this week. You might remember I planted 4 fig bushes in the orchard last Fall, and after the hard winter we had they all froze back to the ground. 402 more words


The Dangers Of Apple Picking

For all so many this time of year involves making a sojourn to an orchard and do some picking. This, is a true story, start to finish. 649 more words


Apple Season at Killerton

This weekend coming is apple time at the National Trust’s Killerton estate, just east of Exeter.  I won’t be able to make it but I popped out last weekend for a walk and found that the orchard was being readied for visitors.  117 more words


Artisanal Ciders Give Growers a New Revenue Stream

GRANVILLE, N.Y. — With hard cider making a hardcore comeback across the country, apple growers are tapping a juicy new revenue stream by establishing farmstead cideries and planting varieties too tart or tannic for the lunchbox but perfect for smashing and fermenting into distinctive artisanal brews. 635 more words


Ode to the quince

The quince is the electric yellow of a tennis ball one whacks.
The quince is the ugly child that comes later than expected.
The quince is a freak of nature, the bumper crop no one knows what to do with. 42 more words

Hairy Shield-bug

I like Shield-bugs, and have featured them before.  Here’s another – the Hairy Shield Bug (Dolycoris baccarum), also known as the Sloe Shield-Bug, photographed on the… 23 more words


WATCH: Feral horses suspected culprits in damaged Summerland crops

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — At least one orchard in Summerland has had its crops damaged by feral horses, according to its owner.

Jean Lauer says she’s spent hours putting up caution tape as a make-shift fence to try and keep the horses out. 390 more words