In March we stopped by for 3 nights and did some spring cleaning: raked out the ditches, a little pruning here and there, walked Indian Creek and removed countless tumbleweeds, etc.

Last fall we collected about 30 pits from under the very large apricot tree.  After they dried we cracked them open and put them into the fridge.  The idea is to let them wait for a couple months in the fridge, then soak them overnight in water, and plant them (while refrigerated) until they sprout.  Plan to grow them as seedlings until they are ready to be brought back to the orchard.

We've also collected some apple scions from Hilton Creek and have some sturdy antanovka rootstocks to graft to.  Those will also go out for planting.

Stay tuned!

4/24 - 4/26/2010

Planted a bunch more - still sore...

Green Gage plum

Santa Rosa plum

Brooks cherry

White Lady peach x2

Katy apricot x2

Muscat grape

Hilton Creek lilacs x4

 We missed the large apricot and plum blooms but the pear trees were in full flower with bees making a racket.  One of the pear trees looked as if it was covered in snow.  And under the full moonlight it was!

Weekend photos below:

Ended up trying something new and bought potted trees from Home Depot.  Wouldn't have ever considered that but while we were on vacation in Death Valley we spent a half day in Ridgecrest.  After our stop at the Maturango museum we stopped by HD to look at tile and passed by their garden department - because they had a Green Gage plum with plums all over it grabbed my attention.  It was healthy and about 8 feet tall.  Ridgecrest is a great town, by the way, between the $1 showers at the fairgrounds and the $25 dollar sushi special at Miso (kids ate free) we were set.

These things don't plant themselves!

Opening up our vintage 1952 Roadmaster.  Found a decent futon at the Castoff in Mammoth Lakes for $10.  Although it was 10 times as much as we paid for the trailer we'll never have a rough night of sleep again.  That futon is so comfortable and worth every dollar.

Pear tree in full bloom - at night the petals glowed in the moonlight. 


Green Gage and Santa Rosa plum in background.

An apple tree starting to wake up and attract humming birds.

Also purchased a grape from Ridgecrest Home Depot.  Gave this one a lot of fencing because it was loaded with tiny grapes.  Hopefully it will take over this 95% dead pear tree.

One of the Katy apricots.

White Lady peach, one of two planted.

No sooner that we prepared the kid's bedding, this guy grabbed his spot.  Great Pyrenees pup from a Bakersfield rancher who summers up by us and Tom's Place.  (9 weeks old)

June and July update:

Everything looks good and all the newer stuff from HD is growing right along.  We've been keeping up with some creek and ditch-work so when the summer temps really hit out here water levels won't suffer.

A real good cold snap over Memorial weekend burned the grapes but everything else enjoyed it - thankful for the pot belly stove in the trailer - sure helps out when the winds and snow arrive.  Spent a couple days moving water over to the old school house to drench a few pear trees.  All the trees were overloaded with fruits resulting in a large June drop.

Bought a utility quad from a guy in Bishop who drove a hard bargain, $650 out the door -- with many acres and creek-work it will be helpful.  Still on the look-out for a small tractor, lots of brush, willows, and weeds popping up all over the place.

September update:

Fall harvest: some plums, massive amounts of pears and apples (the pears proved to be the hardiest and best tasting out of the lot)  But, managed from afar it is difficult.  Home, at Hilton Creek, we watch over the trees daily, watering, picking fruit when ready, etc.  Another big difference between growing areas is that Indian Creek is loaded with insect pests (codling moths primarily), while Hilton Creek has none at all.  But we have a few tricks up our sleeves for the moths for next year.  Stay tuned...



RIP Norm, we'll miss you.