Buffalo Ridge Orchard

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Garden Log: March 19th-April 1st

It’s got that new tractor smell!

Delivery of new equipment is the big news at Buffalo Ridge Orchard!  With the new tractor we’ll be able to move the hoophouses through their seasonal rotations and use this second tractor so that we can do two jobs at once.  This New Holland replaces an older, larger Case that was too big to dig potatoes, fit between orchard rows, or maneuver along vegetable rows.  And speaking of those veggies, we’re hoping that the new water-wheel transplanter will make quick work of getting them planted now that Spring really does seem to be just around the corner.  Our brassicas and lettuces are ready for some longer days in the bright sunshine!  With any luck, Winter has had its last laugh this April Fools’ Day, and we’ll all be enjoying nice Spring weather for the next couple of months!

Garden Log March 19th – April 1st:

  • Pruned 500 apple trees (Sweet 16, Crimson Topaz, Jonagold, Fuji, Snowsweet, Pristine)
  • Grafted the majority of our tomatoes for our summer hoophouse tomato rotation
  • Potted up flower seedlings into hanging baskets
  • Potted up herb seedlings into planter boxes
  • Moved all of the vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings from the sun-porch nursery to the greenhouse
  • Received delivery of our new tractor and water-wheel transplanter
  • Harvested 2 tubs of spinach & lettuce greens
  • More weeding in the hoophouses

About buffaloridgeorchard

Buffalo Ridge Orchard grows vegetables, apples, and pears for local coops and farmer's markets. We have over 25 different types of new and classic apple varieties. In 2011 we installed our first moveable hoop house which allows us to grow greens and root vegetables in the winter and get an early start on tomatoes and extend the season for other vegetable crops.

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