April 21, 2014.
Today is the day for planting our apple rootstocks. Soil is in good shape and this should go well. We have planted several pears and plums also where we can get in to the ground. Many spots are still too wet. We hope to plant our raspberries next week if we can get a break from the rain. Strawberries will go in the ground in May.
This is our week for fertilizing the trees and berries.
We installed the trellis stakes in to the fall raspberry rows this week. We do this early because the posts are easy to tap in the ground at this time. Also, we avoid walking on the plants as they emerge.
Our copper sprays for blight suppression and early scab control went on late last week as the green tissue began to emerge. When the buds push out green tissue, they are exposed to scab spores. We should be covered for Tuesday’s rains. But the forecast looks like another scab spray will be needed later this week.
Green tissue is showing in the plums. This is exposing the flower buds and it looks like a short crop of flowers is coming especially for our Japanese types. We will back off pruning on these a little longer till we see what we have. We may not prune them at all if the fruit bud counts are real low.
We have noticed some frost heaving in the trees planted in wetter spots. These trees will survive but we will shovel in some extra dirt to cover the exposed roots. Definitely not a good idea to plant in wet areas. It just does not work out in the long run.