Good Afternoon Readers!
In today’s post, John the Orchardist fills us in on the status of our orchards and gardens. As he mentions, the rain here in the State-line area has been the main story. The extra moisture is a welcomed relief after last year’s drought! Read on for details on the summer progress taking place here at Orchard Ridge Farms.
One word describes the last week here at Orchard Ridge Farms: RAIN! From Friday, the 21st until the following Wednesday morning, we received over six inches of rain. The heaviest rain came on Tuesday morning, when a deluge of water draining from the surrounding areas of the farm filled one of our ponds to the brim (several feet above its normal level). After a little elbow grease and a lot of wet clothes trying to clear the drain, the water receded without causing any real damage. It’s not often we see fish washing over the road, so the whole morning was filled with excitement.
As for the orchard, the trees are enjoying all the moisture in the soil, just as it looked like drier, warmer summer weather was on its way. Because of all the rain, the apples have grown quickly, with many larger than a half-dollar in diameter. It’s interesting to remember where we were at this time last year. We were entering the height of the drought, with zero measurable rain since mid-May, and several weeks of temperatures in the 90s and even 100s still to come. In short, I would much rather take too much water than not enough.
Our gardens are really starting to grow now, too. The first tomatoes and peppers are beginning to ripen as the weather starts to heat up, and soon we will be harvesting green onions, beans, peas, and an assortment of herbs, with beets, cucumbers, melons, and leafy greens soon to follow, along with cut flowers like dahlias and gladiolas. Most of the harvest from our gardens will go toward supplying the Copperstone Inn with fresh veggies, herbs, garnishes, and flowers. The rest is eaten by the people who work here, and extras will be donated to help feed the hungry. Summer is finally in full swing, and this season is looking great!