Author Archives: Patty Doll

About Patty Doll

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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New Orchard Update: Development of Pick Your Own!

The past several weeks have been spent “maintaining” the orchards.  The fruit continues its development and with ample rainfall the apples are peaches are increasing in size.  Rainfall has been more than “ample” but after suffering through a drought several … Continue reading

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Bees: Our Partners in Pollination

In my prior post I mentioned that this season’s shorter bloom period in the apple orchard necessitated our getting additional hives of honeybees to help pollinate.  Pollination is essential in the production of many fruit, nut and vegetable crops.  Without pollination of … Continue reading

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2016 Bloom

We have bloom and what a magnificent display of beauty in the orchard!  Breathtaking, really.  The apple orchard was in full bloom 10 days ago and the peach orchard the week before.  The peaches were impacted by the cold temperatures of … Continue reading

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Pruning is Finished, Waiting on Bloom!

Pruning is now finished for another season.  What a great feeling!  We are now in the last stages of orchard cleanup.  The prunings have all been mulched with the flail mower/mulcher and the grandchildren have done a final sweep to gather anything … Continue reading

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