Well, we took advantage of the great deal on apples and have now processed (dried, sauced and buttered) all but the last 40 of our 240 lbs into the pantry. I feel good about having taken advantage of the blessing as it was available. It was a few more-than-usual tired and sore days, but the kids were an amazing help and now we have apples in storage. Hurray! I went ahead and looked at our chill hours thus far (wunderground has a calculator) and it’s not looking good for Golden Delicious (and other higher-chill) apples, Bartlett pears, or any of the stone crops except for plums. We had a cool front move in this week, so maybe that will help, but with days in the 50s and nights in the 20s and 30s, it seems like it’s going to take a bunch of days to make up the couple hundred hours we still need between freezing and 45…
Just in case anyone had forgotten, we are still completely reliant upon God. We have not advanced ourselves beyond the point of needing Him.
The boys and my husband went ahead and planted our six replacement trees and four new fig trees and two pomegranates. I am reading about pruning and orchard care, now that we’ve gotten past the first year on at least half the orchard, but it’s so hard to read but not be doing…things don’t stick as well as when I can dash right out and look and do. Two and a half months until I’m on the road toward dashing again some day. I hope that at some point this stuff will all be second nature to me. Right now it’s still very opaque.
I am uncertain what to do about the garden this year as well. I really don’t want to till and take on the problems associated with that. If I’d been halfway well (and known about it in time!) I would have planted winter-killed root crops to loosen and fertilize the soil, but I wasn’t and didn’t. I wish I were in a position to be able to plant gobs of tomatoes and put them up this summer, but I’m not and I won’t be. We still need to get our soil tests and buy minerals as well. This whole not running faster than you have strength commandment is so challenging to get right with the be not weary in well-doing commandment!
We’ve gotten a few little rainshowers. I don’t think we’re up to an inch yet and we would need to get 10″ both this month and next to reach our average. We have several little 10% and 20% chance of rain days ahead this week. Keep praying!