Thursday, June 19, 2008

Cherry Picking

Here's Louie with a haircut, supervising the cherry picking preparation. He's completely shaved except for a mop of hair on his head and a fu manchu beard. Well, technically, a fu manchu is a mustache but I couldn't find out what the beard part is called.

We used to use rickety ladders but now we use the tractor.

We let the kids climb in the loader, then we lift them up and they pick their little hearts out. Rolf is getting in on the action. My husband says we should have named him Visa, because he's EVERYWHERE we want to be.

We have three cherry trees here. This year two were absolutely LOADED and the third had practically nothing on it. Same type, same location. We picked 6 pints our first picking and there will be lots more as they ripen over the next few days... as long as we get to them before the birds and chipmunks!

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At 12:14 PM, Anonymous LeeAnn said...

That is one humongous dog. Why not let the kids ride him to pick the cherries? I mean, look at him compared to that tractor!!! If I were Rolf, I'd be next to you too--he's probably terrified of gigantic Louie.

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous leeann said...

You know, I just can't get over the size of that dog! I had to boot up tonight just to show DH!

At 2:48 PM, Blogger WeekendFarmer said...

oh boy!!! look at that! I want some : ) Our cherries are all bug infested. 1 out of 10 maybe edible. Do you use any spray?

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

LeeAnn, he is a huge sweet monster. When he was a puppy, he teethed on the tractor tires and popped one.

Okay, maybe not.

WF, we dont' spray. The only problem we have with cherries is birds and chipmunks and this year we had some weird fungus/mold thing.

Our apples, though, are just a mess. I need to figure out what they have and spray for it. I do know that dormant oil and lime sulfur sprays are good for a lot of different things; sometimes they can be used together (VERY early spring, before buds begin opening into leaves) but much of the year you pick one or the other.

At 9:46 PM, Blogger WeekendFarmer said...

I have used Neem oil this year on the peaches and pears. So far so good. Plums - I couldnt help them. Cherry tree - I dont even know where to start : )

How are the chicks doing?


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