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Posted July 18, 2014 - 07:54 PM

Drive to work, nice this morning.

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Posted July 18, 2014 - 08:15 PM

Here it is.

 

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Heading up into the orchard.

 

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Posted July 18, 2014 - 08:26 PM

Great drive to work.  Beats the crap out of looking at a sign that says "Drivers wanted" or "Wide Load".  (I will resist the urge to make a "short bus" joke.)


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Posted July 18, 2014 - 08:32 PM

Very nice, Noel
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Posted July 19, 2014 - 03:28 AM

It is definitely better to work in the sticks than the concrete canyons. What did you do in the orchard in midsummer?

 

The RT2 sign reminded me of FT Devens, MA. I spent some "green suit" time there.

 

I hope that this means that the tooth is better. I'm up real early because my back is still bothering me. I can't go to Zagray today because of my back. I haven't been able to do anything since Monday except change position each time it gets unbearable.

 

Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 05:56 AM

It is definitely better to work in the sticks than the concrete canyons. What did you do in the orchard in midsummer?

 

The RT2 sign reminded me of FT Devens, MA. I spent some "green suit" time there.

 

I hope that this means that the tooth is better. I'm up real early because my back is still bothering me. I can't go to Zagray today because of my back. I haven't been able to do anything since Monday except change position each time it gets unbearable.

 

Good Luck, Rick

I hope you are able to get some rest, sorry you can not go, must be aggravating and very disappointing.

 

My mouth is getting better thank you for asking, now that the tooth is gone it can heal and i can finally get back to work, as for the heath care, not much has happened but when i forward the bill to them, they will take note ! then when i have their full attention i will move in legal ways.

 

A call came out for help at a old orchard for help, their orchard man quit late spring, they were having a lot of trouble finding someone experienced and to work independent safely, the owner has dairy, freezer beef and just purchased this old orchard 5 years ago and is rebuilding it to suit the market so i took on the job as orchard manager.

Time is running out for him it being mid July and the fruit trees was not finished with their daily prunning, in parts of the orchard some of the fruit trees has not seen a prune for 2 seasons. Trellis apples were planted but never trained, in the picture above shows the saps between the vertical posts, many has fallen over so the posts were prepped for horizontal cables, i hope to have the area finished by next Wensday with the trees wired onto the horizontal cables.

 

In the last photo it shows just how over grown the old Mac apple trees are, this will mostly go to cider so i will do a heavy thinning of the trees, in layman's terms a haircut, the others will receive a more careful thinning, every single tree in this section is 6 feet tall so i should be able to finish this section in a few weeks and be moving on the bigger pears, peaches, apricots, etc...all the early ripeners has to be trimmed right now before the apples fully ripen then it is on to the next, then the next all the way to the late bloomers.

During late fall the real prunning begins and will run until snow hits the ground then it is on to rebuilding/fixing everything that broke that year, building crates, shipping apples, making cider, etc....

 

 

 

I will also be assisting the new store/restaurant aiding the owners and feeding the store a steady supply of fruits when needed.

 

This is a big job in a very short amount of time, the owner of the orchard will not be around much so there is much to be done.


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 06:18 AM

   Hey I know where that is!!!!!!!!  I drive by it all the time.  Very nice orchard.  Sound's like you have your work cut out for you, at least you get to work outside and the work is steady.  I have steady work but it is all inside and dirty.  Glad your tooth it better!!!!!

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Posted July 19, 2014 - 06:30 AM

Glad the tooth is better. I didn't realize that you could trim now. If you get some large sections of branch, I was told that applewood can make nice tool handles. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 07:12 AM

Thanks guys, my energy and stamina has returned.

 

I know it sounds unconventional to be doing any kind of pruning after June drop but these are old hardy New England apple trees and it's heath depends on daily pruning.

 

Rick,

When i carefully pruned down my apple tree in the front yard i got a bunch of apple wood, very hard to find a good straight branch, wild apple are better for that. It make for good tool short tool handles to a certain extent and great for kitchenware, it is not very forgiving for outdoor tools and is very hard and does not flex very much so for long handles Ash and Hickory is still the best.

 

Pete,

I am now closer to you, if you drive by the orchard all the time then lets plan on meeting there someday if possible so i can give you the sugar bucket covers.

 

Edit : Got your PM, im back to working with trees now, seems like we are tree workers now :D


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 07:29 AM

I have to run, Steve needs some help with the mower.


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 09:50 AM

That looks like plenty of work for you.  It sounds like you have a good plan too.  

 

Good luck and keep us posted.


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Posted July 25, 2014 - 05:03 PM

Got my orders for the day, heading up into the orchard.

 

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Disking in old hard apple land, full of holes from were the trees were so slow going, bumpy.

 

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Little better, speed up a bit.

 

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Posted July 25, 2014 - 06:08 PM

Never had a rear view mirror in a farm tractor before.

 

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Cross ways now.

 

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Heading up to fuel up, passing the Allis Chalmers seeder drill.

 

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Almost done.

 

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1:00, all done, time for lunch.

 

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Pruned for the rest of the day but no pictures.

 


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Posted August 19, 2014 - 05:40 AM

Reclaiming old apple land at work too, last week's mow.

 

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Quite the angle ending at the Gala Reds on the bottom, peaches on the top and lots of holes in between. Naturally i would mount the bucket seeing as the front wheels are not loaded and no front weight but will the deep holes and this tractor not even close to the weight the old Hesston so i would rather drag the deck using it to control the tractor and steer with the brakes, a lot like dragging logs.

 

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Besides the deep holes from the apple root balls there was plenty of surprises hiding in there.

 

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The steep climb up, floating the front wheels using the brakes to steer out of the holes as i find them.

 

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The camera does not show the holes very well, there are spots when the deck went ''rototiller'' when i found a deep hole.

 

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Another of the many surprises i found instead of the deck.

 

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Now passed the steep knoll and working back down to less hill.

 

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Quite the view.

 

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Starting a new area, lot flatter.

 

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Picked 8 bushels of Gala Reds and 14 bushels of peaches, long day.

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted August 19, 2014 - 06:28 AM

Neat trip around the field. Thanks.
I thought you were going to say you found a bees nest in all that.
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