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Shelterbelts

Earlier this summer, we obtained 50 chokecherries, several dozen golden birch, and some fast-growing poplars from TreeTime.ca.  The plants were dormant, but quickly grew. I am sure by this time next year, they will actually have enough growth to protect … Continue reading

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Water Bearer–Deke Helps in the Orchard

After a couple of rows of hoeing, we get pretty thirsty. Going back to the truck for water was getting tiresome, so we decided to have our dog, Deke, learn to ‘Fetch Water!’  He caught on to this in about … Continue reading

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Jewel in the Rough!

Carmine Jewel Cherries have to be the prettiest. I have three small plants–they are in their second year. The Cupid one got disseminated by grackles (they actually made a hole in the net and ate all the cherries in about … Continue reading

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More Wild Bee News

A while ago, I mentioned I’d put up several purchased wild bee habitats. They are mostly occupied, and doing what they are meant to do, so we should have plenty of wild bees next year! Then I saw this trash … Continue reading

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Where have you Bee-n?

Busier than ever in my life is where! Month started off nicely, with a few strolls in the orchard, a little weeding here and there in the veggies, and some dog walks. Then a local dog breeder called me in … Continue reading

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Fun stuff–Tractors and Things :)

Peter was so excited when he purchased an old 8N Ford Tractor (1948) from an elderly neighbour (86!), when it came time to pick a tractor for the orchard work, he quickly became enamored of the new 2010 version of … Continue reading

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Gifts and things :)

I recently sent a ‘gift-pack’ of 6 bushes via Bernis and Jim Ingvaldson of HoneyBerry USA, to a friend in Oregon who really wanted some Haskap/Honeyberries. Bernis was kind to include the specified ‘2 Indigo Gem, 2 Tundra, 2 Berry … Continue reading

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Technical Stuff and more

I was doing some more reading on Haskap history, etc. This article is scientific and I’m adding my own notes, defining things as I go. I love stuff like this, being of the opinion that if you use a word … Continue reading

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A Thorny Issue–Harvesters

For two years, we’ve been researching the merits of various harvesters, with a ‘forward looking’ mentality. Obviously, no one can pick 10,000 Haskap bushes by hand, even with the swimming pool method, and even with speedy pickers, at 10 minutes … Continue reading

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