Water Works

The trees we planted at the farm have been enjoying their new home for about four weeks now. They all seem to be sporting some new growth, showing off some leaves and generally doing pretty well. Here’s how they looked last month (tree planting), and here’s one of them now:

Ure Pear Tree - One Month In (somethingwewhippedup.com)

Ure Pear Tree – One Month In (somethingwewhippedup.com)

Not bad, right? Since we don’t make it up to the farm every weekend, we knew we needed a watering solution to keep the ground around the new plantings moist. After some extensive research, Brian came across Ooze Tubes on the Arbor Day Foundation website. The long plastic tubes can be filled with up to 15 gallons of water each. An adjustable dip gauge allows you to control the flow of water that comes out, allowing each one to last up to four weeks.

The tubes are pretty easy to install, but very fragile. We accidentally punctured a hole in one of them, but the remaining four are currently in place and hopefully working well. I guess we’ll find out in a few weeks when we make it back up to check on them!

Ooze Tube around a one-month-old Jenner Sweet apple tree (somethingwewhippedup.com)

Ooze Tube around a young Jenner Sweet apple tree (somethingwewhippedup.com)

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Branching Out

Brian’s family farmhouse is a wonderful refuge from the busy city. Located about 150 miles northwest of NYC, this retreat in the Catskills has already been the site for many wonderful memories for us. Trips to the farm always revolve around good people, great food and fun (well, mostly fun) projects.

The farm at dawn by somethingwewhippedup.com

The farm at sunrise by somethingwewhippedup.com

The property has acres and acres of trees, including a crab apple and pear tree near the house. Unfortunately, none of them produce anything you would want to eat. Brian and I decided to change this, and early this year he began doing some research on what types of trees might be able to survive in the harsh climate. He came across St. Lawrence Nurseries, a place that specializes in tress and plants for northern climates. We decided we had nothing to lose by trying and purchased five trees: four apple (Jenner Sweet, Golden Russet, Honeycrisp and Red Baron) and one pear (Ure). We placed the order in March and the trees were sent to us when it would be an appropriate time to plant them. With any luck we could have fruit in just three to five years. Fingers crossed! Take a look at the slideshow below to see how it all came together.

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