Lending Support To Fruit Trees

Posted by Francesca

We Frenchies went to explore one of the very old orchards on the farm when I spotted something quite curious and rather clever.

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Sharkey, let's pull over and have a look at this apple tree.

1 Sharkey, let's pull over and have a look at this apple tree.

It looks like this tree was nearly blown over in a storm.  I'm trying to figure out what's going on with those upright posts.

2 It looks like this tree was nearly blown over in a storm. I'm trying to figure out what's going on with those upright posts.

It looks like this long branch was wedged beneath the limb of this old apple tree.

3 It looks like this long branch was wedged beneath the limb of this old apple tree.

And this apple limb is actually resting in the

4 And this apple limb is actually resting in the "V" of this other branch.

I think I understand.  This is a very old fruit tree and these upright branches are providing support to its heavy limbs, keeping it from falling over any more than it already has.

5 I think I understand. This is a very old fruit tree and these upright branches are providing support to its heavy limbs, keeping it from falling over any more than it already has.

This tree is still healthy and productive and this is a very good effort to keep it that way.

6 This tree is still healthy and productive and this is a very good effort to keep it that way.

The same goes for this old pear tree.  These uprights are helping the trees to stay upright and to hold onto their branches.

7 The same goes for this old pear tree. These uprights are helping the trees to stay upright and to hold onto their branches.

While we're looking at apples, let's go and check out that grove over there.

8 While we're looking at apples, let's go and check out that grove over there.

My, oh my, that's a lot of apples!

9 My, oh my, that's a lot of apples!

I guess it's another bumper crop!

10 I guess it's another bumper crop!

Comments (9)

  • Aw, everyone needs a helping hand, even fruit trees!

    It's almost apple picking season. The year is zipping by!

    Autumn (especially here in New Hampshire) is the best time of year. Followed, by not the best time of year (Winter) Boo Hiss! :)

    I'm getting ahead of myself. I'll enjoy the remaining days of summer.

    gail

  • Good morning everyone,
    I was telling Karen about today's blog and she said that doing all this work in the kennel is taking a toll on her and I should go find branches to help hold her up like the fruit trees. I love her but sometimes she says goofy things. Doesn't she know that if she has branches holding her up she can't get down to scrub the tile floor in the kennel? Geez. That is a very good idea to help the trees but not a human.
    Anyway, lots went on in the past few days. Zoe, did your AC get fixed? Ruby, I guess by now your house is pretty well back to normal. Kirby, originally chows were hunters. So, that hunting gene is still in some chows. It must be in you. So tell your mom and dad that you are only doing what comes natural to you. How can they get mad at you for that? Missy Chow, do you have the hunting gene? Martha, Riley and Lucy, I wish I could get shaved down too. But our coats act as insulation Dudley, take a break from pulling weeds. You deserve it little guy. Rebel, do they use a dremmel or a clipper on your nails? I am a dremmel man. Dixie Boy, how are things with you and your new friend? Getting along? James Dean, do you bring creatures home like Kitty does? How is Abby doing? Are you two going to the fair? Brutus and Max, how is your mom doing? Losing a family member is rough. Tell your mamma that the Glue Squad is sending comforting thoughts her way and we understand if you don't post comments for a while. Black Mamma, Ivan and Ivanka are busy taking care of things at the ranch for Lucinda while James is on the mend. Did anyone get an update on him and how Lucinda is doing?
    Well, Karen is still talking about branches to hold her up so I will go bring back some that have sap on them to act as the glue. Hehehehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    Ahhhh there is nothing like the taste of a fresh crisp apple - okay I've never bit into a fresh crisp apple but that is what mom is telling me. In fact with my teeth I'd need applesauce. Frenchie's are not known for their beautiful teeth I guess we have to just settle for the beautiful faces :)

    Update on the skunk smell: it is starting to fade but every now and then you get a nasty reminder - just SO gross!!!

    Zoe

  • That's one great crop of apples that Martha has there! I like that the old apple trees blown over by the storm are being given a helping hand.

    Angela

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Maddox, I declare, you are so clever---branches to hold up Karen. The landscape crew and I should have thought of that for Mom's "pain in the neck." Apples and a bumper crop indeed. Our apple tree got frost with the late snow. Maybe ship some to all The Glue Squad F & S. Glad the skunk smell is going away Zoe. Has to be horrible. We had some excitement yesterday afternoon. A red alert came by phone from police to stay in our homes and lock the windows and doors. There had been a bank robbery in the neighborhood. So, the Ruby protector that I am, I watched the police walking the neighborhood and yard and guess what I got to see---real police K-9 crews. There were 2 and they were a good looking and attentive bunch. One thing maybe someone (like Ivanka and Ivan perhaps) can explain why they have a canvas leash that is practically as long as my house. Well, not that long, but really long. They were walking very close to their human boss at that time, but maybe in the future he says to get the bad guy and then they get to run. Just wondering if anyone can explain that long leash thing. Then about an hour after the hunt started and we received the red alert another call came and said the alert was lifted. Darn, I didn't get to see the K-9 crew in action, but it made me feel good being protected by them. Have a GEM of a day. I have to get Mom and Dad off to tests for Dad's pre-op stuff.

    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    My Daddy told me that when he was a teenager, many moons ago, he worked on a farm during the summers. The peach and apple trees had so much fruit on them that they had to put supports under the branches to hold them up. In your last picture you said that you have a bumper crop this year. I didn’t know that auto parts grew on apple trees. Live and learn they always say. Yep, I have the “hunter” gene and I love to hunt. The chase is the most exciting part.
    “Catch” you later, Kirby.

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, WOW! You beautiful, bright girls sure did another great job showing us about how to care for those fruit trees that probably almost fell completely over during some of those strong winds! Martha's great Bedford farm guys sure did a great job fixing those trees and the fruits look marvelous and delicious! You are so lucky to show us all of these great things and I love it all! Please say Hi to GK and Martha and give them a hug for me! Sure was fun to hear from Gail, Maddox, Zoe, Angela, and Ruby this morning and hope to hear from the rest of you real soon! Gail, hope you do have a great autumn this year! Maddox, hope you continue to take care of Karen! Zoe, sure wish your teeth were as good as mine! Nice to hear from you Angela! Ruby, that bank robbery must have been scary in your neighborhood! Sure glad that you and your family are safe! Hope all of you buddies have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good Morning,
    Geezzz, I don't think there are enough branches to hold up my pack. HAHA, just kidding, although Mis's sister sure could use one, not that she would stand still long enough!!!!
    And golly, I sure LOVE apples!!! I'd just sit under a tree and eat all day if we had any. Francesca, Sharkey, let us know how they taste. I'll just enjoy them through you. What a wonderful farm!!!
    Yesterdays post was great too. Mis has only found three whole sand dollars this year so far. She'll have to e-mail the legend of the sand dollar to the glue squad. And, no Maddox it doesn't have anything to do with Tube Sox! That's good one though!
    Ruby, you sure had a great experience yesterday. Not the lock-down but the K-9 police. How exciting!! Let James know we are with him in spirit and sending prayers your way! Catch them for us Ruby and give them to your Mom and Dad! Same to Black Mamma and Brutus and Max. They're on there way!
    Yesterday I got a little break from George. Mis and her sister took him to the Store (everybody loves him)and then to Pet Smart to buy him a bed like mine so he would leave me alone. It worked pretty good! He wants everything I have, so Mis has to buy two of everything. And he wants to play alllll the time. I have to get snippy with him but I do like the little guy! Mis is amazed at how quickly he has found his place in the pack. He's pretty smart! Now, if she can just get him housebroke!
    Got to go! More training time for George!
    Dixie Boy

  • :-) Oh my, that's wonderful saving a fruit tree! That's what I'd have done...how funny when you look at photo 38 you can see the apple tree slightly leaning to the left...must be a windy spot! You girls have it made with all that fresh fruit and vegetables...do you share the apples with your Equine friends?
    Ruby good thing you had a "Schutzhund" there to protect you ;-)
    I hope James and Lucinda are doing OK.
    And best of everything to Will upcoming operation.
    James D, Black Mama prurres to you!
    Happy Tuesday DWagger-Glue Squad :-)

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

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