July 18th provided another picture perfect day for a work party. We did summer pruning and weeding. We also helped a number of folks who were in the orchard for a treasure hunt, talked with other visitors about pruning an old apple tree at their home, and talked to others about the Heaven and Earth sculptures exhibited in the orchard and other spots in Carkeek Park.
lots of fruit in the orchard!
too much in places, and not enough hands for thinning.
the foot socks are still protecting some
we may have a problem with fire blight, particularly on the pears
yet the pear trees are still making pears
the companion plantings from the April 18th work party are still doing nicely
as usual a visit to the orchard uncovered other goodies too…
snap dragons and bumblebees