2007 Was An Interesting Year Indeed!
Saskatoons- We didn't plant anything new for this year as
we have most of the varieties we want and don't have to worry about the hardiness of any saskatoon plant.
What we have to worry about though is the Saskatoon Sawfly. I would
estimate the damage to our crop to be around 75% in 2005, 60% in 2006 , and 25% in 2007. Better Luck this year.
Honeyberries- Well the honeyberries blossomed very early
as predicted. It was a beautiful sight to see the pretty yellow flowers after a long winter. We never lost one plant to the
cold so again we're very excited about our future plans for the honeyberry. Last years crops were incredible and
the jams were full of the honeyberry flavour.
Cherries- We really enjoyed tasting all of the
new varieties of cherries last year (from the University of Saskatchewan selection) and look forward to the bigger crops
this year. We did not lose any of our cherry trees to the hard winter we had to endure.
The latest variety we are testing is the North Star Cherry which has been
around for a while but not really tested in our area for hardiness...we'll keep you updated.
Pears - Who says you can't grow pear trees in northern Alberta.
Again we had no losses from the winter punishment. The trees are all blossoming beautifully and we are awaiting this years
crops. We really admire the golden bark and magestic beauty these trees behold and are planting more for the shear pleasure
of seeing them in our orchard.