|She is pretty handy with that saw.|
Renewal I believe is the root of sound Horticulture. Pruning a fruit tree is all about removing the older branch to allow a younger more fruitful branch to take its place. Orchard removal is kinda like pruning the farm. As you can see here in this picture Dianne is busy removing and older portion of our orchard to make room for a new planting of strawberries or maybe a more efficient orchard with current varieties of favor. Now from this tree's perspective it may not make a lot of sense because this was a healthy productive tree that Dianne is cutting down. However, from the whole farm management perspective removing this older portion of the orchard to make way for other crops makes a lot of sense.
|Neatly done Dianne! A row of Plums just cut down.|
|We feed it limbs and branches up to 8 inches in diameter. This chipper turns an ugly field of brush into an easy to manage pile of chips.|
For those of you whom are regulars for the various pick your own seasons here at Butternut Farm you have grown accustomed to seeing changes in the farm every year. This coming season of 2014 will be no different. The 60 peach, 20 plum, and 170 apple trees which were removed this past November of 2013 should be noticeable in the farms landscape. Hopefully however if I have done my job properly you will not notice it in the farm's supply of fresh ready to pick fruit because other trees have already be planted to replace this production.