Shelburne Orchards

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Birds and the Bees

The blossom is over and the pollination was good!!! Thanks to Champlain valley Apiary. Chaz Mraz brings 25 of his strongest hives to the orchard when the blossoms are open. The whole orchard came alive with the buzz!! We now have many baby apples on the trees. the trees are bristling with tiny fruitlets!! Not many peaches this year… they seem to be taking a year off. We’ve had sun… and now rain… everybody is happy…

We planted hundreds of trees this spring, Many heirloom apple varieties, pears, more sour cherries… More peaches… I’ve ordered 200 plumb trees for next spring… We continue to bring in new and interesting fruit trees… It makes life in the orchard new and different… Used to be we only had apples here… Now, over 40 varieties of apples, 7 varieties of peaches, sour cherries, pears, plumbs, table grapes, pumpkins and most exciting… we’re growing cider donuts… they are tiny now… they look like little cheerios… so cute!!…

Nick