Scenic View Orchards, Maryland

On the farm - pictures from April & May
look at market schedule!

Look at the blossoms!
Here are some of our fruit trees in April/May

The peach blossoms are a pretty pink color, while plum, pear, and apple blossoms are white. This year the blooming cycle was very fast due to 90 degree plus temperatures. Trees which normally took two weeks to completely bloom, took only several days.

We are planting vegetables!
These pictures show different views of planting vegetable plants. Here, different kinds of lettuce are being planted--romaine, curly leaf, red sail, and boston. Cole crops--broccoli, kale, cauliflower, red and green cabbage, and swiss chard were the next plants to be planted as they like to grow in cool weather. These plants are only planted in the spring and fall.
The first planting of tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelons, peppers, eggplants, and summer squash have also been planted. Plantings of these vegetables are staggered throughout early summer to provide our customers with quality produce throughout the season.

Don't forget the strawberries!

We have been having many sleepless nights, guarding the strawberry blooms from the frost. When frost is predicted by the TV weather person or by our on-farm expert, the strawberries are covered with a special cloth covering. Then, when the thermometer drops too low, we spray water on the plants to form ice which protects the blooms from frost. The coldest time is at day break. So far, we have been able to protect the strawberry blossoms from frost damage but hope that those cold nights soon end.

 
Photo Brandon Masser, 2002
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