This picture shows what it looks like to have too many apples in one spot. We have to go through certain rows and knock some off by hand. If we just left the apples to grow like this, we'd have a lot of apples but way too small, and possibly the tree limbs would break from the weight of them all.
For the size of this tree, it has too many apples too, even though the apples aren't clustered together as much as the picture above. On some varieties, if you leave too many on the tree one year, like Honeycrisp, the next year there will be no apples, or at least very little.
We don't have to thin every variety every year. We just play it by ear and see what each variety looks like.
Well, besides apples, we have other crops demanding our attention.In the next week or two, we will be harvesting our early ripening blueberries! That is when things really getting hopping around here! Our busiest time here on the farm is July and August.
Other random things:
A fun side project! We had a water leak so we had to dig down to the mainline and see what was going on. We couldn't water our corn until this was fixed. But all is fixed now so one more project checked off.
Hope you are all enjoying it being almost summer time!