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Early Spring In the Orchard

Well it took about a week and the snow is gone, the ground is thawing and I think it won’t be long for the trees to start their budding process.

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Orchard in Late Winter

A view from the top of the orchard on March 7, 2015.  Pruning is complete.

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Conservation Practice

Sweet Rose Farm is enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program and one of our practices is moving animal feeders on a monthly basis to avoid compaction and to spread animal manure to different areas of the farm.  Here Tea is … Continue reading

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For The Birds

Every year we have been adding birdhouses to our pest management and conservation efforts.  We have 12 swallow boxes and 4 kestrel boxes currently and will be making more this winter.  Last week I cleaned out most of the boxes … Continue reading

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Collecting Scions For Grafting

Rose and I are out collecting scions from plum, Asian pear and peach trees.  We will try our first attempt at grafting in the spring.  I have a few trees that failed to take and only the rootstock is flourishing. … Continue reading

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Mid Winter Raspberry Pruning

Completed our first year winter pruning of our new fall raspberries. Hard to imagine raspberries will be here in 6 months when it is 15 degrees and 25 mph winds.  There was not much growth this year so only cutting … Continue reading

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St Mark Fall Festival

Sweet Rose Farm LLC is  proud to announce that we will be supplying the ground beef for the hamburgers at St Mark Catholic Church Fall Festival in Vienna this Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 1 to4 pm.  Stop by  if … Continue reading

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Grass Fed Beef On Sale Now

I have just loaded up our freezers with some of the best grass fed beef Highland County can produce.  Processed by Blue Ridge Meats, the fine cuts have been wrapped in paper and the hamburger vacuum packed.  These cuts are … Continue reading

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Tomatoes in the Tunnel

I was able to set 96 tomato plants in the high tunnel this week.  I purchased some Tuscarora Farms organic plants through Maple Avenue Market and got them planted in four rows.   The plants were large enough to get them … Continue reading

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Trellis Up

I was able to do a trellis test section a couple weeks back. On the end and center brace posts I mounted a five foot oak 3×3 with 10 inch J bolts to extend the post between 9 and 10 … Continue reading

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