Weeds, Orchard Sox and Canker

Marilyn prepares to thin the fruit on this young Asian pear tree and to apply Orchard Sox

Marilyn prepares to thin the fruit on this young Asian pear tree and to apply Orchard Sox

You’d think we’re just a bunch of happy gardeners who love spending time in our local park caring for our pollinator garden and our community orchard. Turns out the team of volunteers at the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard are garden warriors, willing to face down the sweltering heat in order to get the job done and to care for our fruit trees and pollinator garden. This weekend we did so by weeding, applying orchard sox and troubleshooting for disease. So ready for battle, we divided up into teams and tackled a number of jobs in our orchard park. Continue reading

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Black Knot Battles

The Volunteers of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard posing in front of their pollinator garden.

The Volunteers of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard posing in front of their pollinator garden.

The perennials are leaping out of the ground, our fruit trees have blossomed and are leafing out and the volunteers of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard are busy weeding, pruning and hunting for Black Knot and other problems in our fruit trees!

That’s because when you grow fruit trees one of your most important jobs is inspecting them for pest and disease problems. Our goal is to catch those problems early on and to nip them in the bud before they can spread to the rest of the orchard.  Continue reading

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First Stewardship Day 2016

The Stewardship team from Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard struts their stuff after a few hours of working in the pollinator garden.

The Stewardship team from Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard struts their stuff after a few hours of working in the pollinator garden.

Saturday, April 23 was our first Stewardship day of 2016 in Ben Nobleman Park.  It was a bright sunny day but rather cool.  We all came dressed in layers and as the morning grew warmer, we shed our outer layers.

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