Some of you may know we spent last weekend tucking hundreds (440-ish, to be more specific) of fruit trees, mainly apple with some pears and cherries thrown in, into the brand new North Branch Orchard. The week preceding orchard-fest was a marathon of using, breaking, borrowing, and repairing equipment: tractors, chippers, plows, disk harrows, and our bodies. It was a close shave, but by the time a crew of about twenty showed up to lend a strong hand on Saturday morning, we were ready for them. Here, after a cute opening photo of our newest lamb, is a series of photos from the orchard-planting party, shot mostly by Chris Yentes and MK Shapley-Quinn.
|Lamb #2 of 2012, a hefty little guy|
Orchard Prep Checklist
Step 1: Graft trees, grow in nursery, dig and store in basement.
Step 2: Plan a fenceline.
Step 3: Fell all trees dead near or leaning towards fenceline.
|Step 4: Haul off logs and chip brush for mulch from felled trees||.|
|Step 5: Put chips on high bush blueberries.|
|After step 6, plowing and disking the orchard site, comes step 7: planting party!!!|
|Women labeling trees.|
|Tree planting lesson.|
|Trees ready to go in the ground.|
|Tyler doing last minute disking in the orchard’s Moody plot.|
|The crew on cider break, day one.|
|Last tree goes in the ground!|
|Victorious! The crew, day 2.|
Thank you so much to all who helped with this wild endeavor.