Mid-May Orchard Update

Young cherries on the tree

Hi everyone,

We had a little bit of a scare this past weekend when temperatures dropped down into the low thirties for a couple of nights.  We got the row covers out and covered the strawberries, then crossed our fingers for them and our other crops.  Luckily it seems like we got out of it with pretty minimal damage.  The frost damaged some strawberry blossoms here and and there, but overall it was a pretty small percentage.  And all the fruit that isn’t right on the ground (aka, just about everything else we grow) came through fine.  The temperatures must’ve only been cold enough right at ground level (since cold air sinks) to cause damage.  So, things still look really good!  I’ve included below my recent batch of photos to show you how things look right now.

The peaches are looking good! We’re going to have to do some major thinning this year.
Baby plums!
Row covers on the strawberries can keep them a couple degrees warmer than the air temperature. When temps get down to frost levels, a degree or two makes a huge difference.
Strawberries after the frost. The yellow center is still healthy. Frost damage turns them brown. And the bees are busy pollinating!

3 thoughts on “Mid-May Orchard Update

  1. Megan says:

    Awesome! When do you think you will have the Strawberry Jamboree this year? My daughter loved it last year and this year I’m pregnant and craving some fresh strawberries!!!

    • Chris says:

      The Jamboree is going to be June 17th and 18th. We’re adding a second day this year (to hopefully spread people out a little). I’m working on finalizing a couple last things and getting the flyers made up, but it’s going to be a lot of fun again!

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