Running behind this year

clarkinks(5b)August 14, 2014

I'm embarrassed to say I'm still pulling grafting tape. With more rain came more mowing, more spraying, and bigger harvests. Winter hung around for an extra month here in the spring so I grafted many things twice. We are waiting for winter so We can slow down a bit. Has anyone else been pulling out of the drought and noticed the work load building up?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Still in drought here, 3.5 inches for the yr. I'd say we are half normal at best for the last 4 yrs. We went 22 months late 2010 to 2012 with 1-3 inches around town depending on how unlucky you were.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:46AM
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ltilton

Too much rain here first half of the year, and the weeds are an increased workload.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:56AM
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clarkinks(5b)

Fruitnut that is tough growing conditions do you use a well or cistern to water?ltilton how is your crop looking? The grasshoppers and Japanese Beatles have stripped some trees 15' tall of leaves.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:59PM
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ltilton

It's strange - everything this spring was slow and late. My only tree to fruit, the Gala apple, was slow to bloom. So I expected a late harvest.

But yesterday I saw the apples were sizing up, picked and ate one - still unripe tart but perfectly edible. And the seeds were dark at the tips.

This tree has always been harvest ripe on August 30, and now I'm wondering if it might even come in a few days earlier this very peculiar year.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:52AM
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mamuang_gw

Not a drought here in New England. It's just a cooler summer than usual. I heard on a radio this morning that this summer is one of the coolest ones (as far as average temp goes)we have had in MA.

Like Itilton, all my fruit trees started out 1-2 weeks later than usual in the spring. To my surprise, my early peach, PF 1, ripened almost the same date as it did last year.

I'll find out if my pears will ripe at the same time as last year or not. I hope we will have the autumn before the winter arrives.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 4:18PM
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ltilton

Feels like autumn all this week.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 5:08PM
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appleseed70

same here...got down to the mid 40's the other night. Nice for sleeping.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 11:58PM
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