Cover cropping in Molino’s orchards — Molino Creek Farm

Well established cover crop- peas, vetch, barley, and oats. Planted more than a month ago with our low-till harrow, then irrigated to germinate while the days were longer, warmer. Now, we’re getting good growth. They say the trick to maintaining soil fertility is to get the cover crop in early enough to have established root […]

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Taming the Orchard — Tassie Ponderosa

Adjacent to the house is a small orchard. I’m assuming it was lovingly planted many years ago and cared for by the previous owners in the beginning, but in recent times it has been much neglected. That’s got to change. The mature fruit trees were a big draw for me to this place. I’ve always […]

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Cherish your inheritance (and a new style of mulching) — Our pursuit of real living

With the acquisition of Dreamland we inherited an existing mixed orchard consisting of well-established apple, pear, peach and cherry trees. These trees will be the main fruit bearers through the coming summer and fall – and for a few more years to come as well, so the time has arrived to give them some necessary […]

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November begins — Apple Shed Creations

Today November begins with a cold crisp day. The orchard looks really autumnal with fallen leaves, rotting apples and bare branches. The bonfire is ready for the coming weekend celebrations. And the fieldfares have returned from abroad to feast on the leftover apples from this years Cider harvest. Our apple wood logs have been put […]

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