Author Archives: Patty Doll

About Patty Doll

Owner, operator, picker, seller, customer service, and grass mower for Doll's Orchard, LLC.

Harvest for 2017 Winding Down

The past weeks have been spent in an all out effort to finish harvest before the change of weather.  October weather in Indiana is always unpredictable, thus the extra effort to finish the picking.  The Yellow/Golden Delicious apples have been … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Family Heritage: Apple Farmers and Nurserymen

Interesting findings regarding our family heritage.  Maternal great grandparents of co-owner, Patty, developed an orchard about three miles southeast of our current location in 1888.  Receipts were found among family papers that documented the sale and shipment of trees from … Continue reading

Posted in General Update | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Spring Maintenance and Updates

The past several weeks have been spent maintaining the orchard.  Weed control is always an issue for us.  The mild winter and warm spring encouraged growth and development of this unwelcome vegetation.  The seeds that dropped into the earth last fall did … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Apple Bloom 2017

Finishing the orchard cleanup took priority the last days of March.  The warmer days of late March and early April encouraged the peach trees  to come out of dormancy and begin their bloom.  April 2nd was the day when the entire … Continue reading

Posted in Horticulture | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Early March Update: Nearly Wrapped up with Pruning

It has been a few weeks and a March update is due. Continued pruning took us through the entire month of February.  The weather was exceptionally good with the month’s temperatures as one of the warmest in local record keeping.  Pruning … Continue reading

Posted in General Update | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Warm Winter Weather and Pruning

Ground Hog’s Day has come and gone and according to the predictions we are anticipating another six weeks of winter.  We have had several periods of single digit temperatures but overall this winter has been more mild than most with warm temperatures.    Don’t … Continue reading

Posted in General Update | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

2017 Winter Update

Holiday celebrations are now history, decorations stored away and we are on to another year. Enough “down” time and starting to think about how to make 2017 a better year. We have attended several trade shows and horticultural seminars in … Continue reading

Posted in General Update | Leave a comment

End of Season Update

It was somewhat hectic here at the orchard during the months of late August through early October. Trying to deal with the heavy showers of rain and days with high humidity and excessive heat made harvest a real challenge.  This was the … Continue reading

Posted in General Update | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Peach Harvest is Finished

Peach harvest has been completed.  While we had planned to offer peaches  to our customers for a little while longer, the high humidity, heavy rains and intense summer heat created too many adverse conditions.  Peaches actually rotted on the tree because … Continue reading

Posted in Apple varieties, General Update | Tagged , | 2 Comments

2016 Season Has Started!

Peaches have been the main focus in the orchard for the past three weeks.  We have finished picking several of the early varieties and now are picking Canadian Harmony and Harold’s Beauty.  Next week the Madison will be picked.  This … Continue reading

Posted in General Update | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments