Spring 2013? Is She Coming?
You might be wondering what is happening on Fieldstone Orchard with all this wacky weather we are having. So let me give you an update!
The good news is that we had many, many freeze days! Fruits need anywhere from 600-1500 freeze hours in the dormant season to create good fruit in the spring and summer into fall. Cherries, especially, need freeze time or they are small and will have only one cherry per stem. In a good year with at least 800 hours of freeze time you will have larger cherries and more cherries per stem. Last year we didn't get that many freeze hours out here on Fieldstone, so we had small cherries and usually one per stem (they were super tasty however!!). However, this year we are seeing many more buds per stem. There were 3 blossoms that bloomed on our sweet cherry trees so they must have been "scouts" for the other buds to see if it was safe to come out. They let the others know the time was not quite right so luckily all the other buds are tightly closed and awaiting the true coming of Spring!
(I have a great recipe for cherry topping for cheesecake and such...you can make it the consistency you like. I make a little thick so that it rests on top of the cheesecake without being too runny. Awesome with that sour flavor resonating through with the sweet balance!)
The asparagus, too, must have gotten word from Mother Nature that the time was not quite right. We had maybe 7 stalks of asparagus that I picked in the whole of an acre and a half or so and not even the weeds dared to peek their heads up out of the earth....so perhaps this year asparagus will be May 1 - May 30....only God knows!!
The new plum trees had a lovely bloom a few weeks ago. And, even though we had some cool nights they seemed to be unphased....this would be the first year for those trees to put on fruit...so we will see.
The peaches, too, put on their bloom a week or two after the plum and they were in full bloom when this weather hit....so we will see....they are the most amazingly sweet and tasty peaches I have ever had. My dear sweet neighbors dug us out of the 12 and 18 inches of snow we had this winter so I baked them peach cobblers as a thank you. What a blessing to share such treats stored from the early fall. I cut, peeled and froze them as I find this keeps the flavor the best for peaches.
I will be putting liquid bone meal and EM (essential microorganisms) on the raspberries after this cold snap and ready them for a good season ahead. We will be brewing the EM this year so if you want to purchase from us, just let me know. Also, I have a "kitchen composter" that is a nice easy way to make compost. And, it has a spigot to run the "compost tea" into a container to use on your plants right away! They even made the container itself with EM! Let me know if you want one. We are going to check on interest and have them available here for folks.
The ponds are still low, but they are filling a little bit. Say a few prayers that rain continues and the ponds can have their fill!
Blessings to you all! Bruce and I look forward to seeing you this season!
I am so happy God is in charge...otherwise I would be lost in all this wacky weather.
In Great Gratitude,