I would like to propose a project that all of us can to participate in which I think will be helpful and FUN and it is as follows:
- Upload a photo or set of photos from the orchard as it is now.
- Right above each photo type the DATE, FRUIT ID, ZONE OR LOCATION
Then throughout the season take additional photos of the same item from the same place (mark an “x” on the floor of the orchard ) and perspective and then go back to your ORIGINAL post and “EDIT” your own post by uploading the new photo right beneath the previous one and again adding the DATE, FRUIT ID & ZONE OR LOCATION.
Do this as often as you feel there is a change or progress worth noting.
This way we can have a time lapse history of the orchard as a whole or of a specific area of the orchard or of a specific tree, or closeups of individual fruit or cluster of fruit etc.
ADDITIONALLY, This would also help in recording the progression of any disease and results of any cure by treatment or surgery etc.
Just the volume of information available here is a huge trove of information based on the experiences of people like us facing problems similar to ours. This will not be the same as research study results, which are useful and great, but don’t usually hit the mark for problems that we home orchadists and non-mega commercial growers face) .
This will also create an actual record year by year (dare I hope!) of how and when and where actual specific trees/varieties bloomed and how they fared based on the weather experienced in any particular year. How was bloom delayed or accelerated by a warm or cold winter or spring or by rainfall or drought, and actual ripening dates and all WITH PICTURES. We can compare year to year .
Others here can spot and point out any mistakes we might be making.
This started out as just a one sentence post and it just grabbed me and the idea just expanded as I typed.
What do you all say? Am I going nuts? I think its more that possible.
TO THAT END I WILL START WITH … AND HOPE TO EDIT THE HECK OUT OF THIS POST OVER THE NEXT 6 MONTHS
ORCHARD OVERVIEW - MAY 1, 2017 - ZONE 5B - PURLING, NY