So, What’s Happening in the Orchard? – April 2019

April is here and it finally looks like spring might be here to stay. I am sure there will be a few weather glitches along the way, but we will take them over the 12 plus inches of snow we still had on the ground in March. We are getting ready for bloom which will happen late this month or early in May. This is the time of year that we like to see those flowers appear. Not too early [...]

2019-04-12T09:36:11-05:00April 12th, 2019|

So, What’s Happening In The Orchard? – March 2019

It is officially Spring of 2019. It seems like it has been very slow coming but, this may be the closest to normal that we have seen in a few years. Two years ago, the whole orchard was in bloom at this time which was too early. This year we will be in bloom during a time that is closer to normal, when that is exactly—time will tell but as of now everything is still dormant. With everything still dormant [...]

2019-03-26T11:41:18-05:00March 26th, 2019|

So, What’s Happening In The Orchard? – February 2019

Here we are, February 2019 and we have already had almost 30 inches of snow here at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard.  Of those 30 inches, 23 inches came in 2 snow events just a few days apart changing the landscape from a drab brown to a bright white.  I was worried that with that much snow on the ground it was going to stick around until May. In typical Nebraska fashion, the temperature took a turn and a couple of [...]

2019-02-18T08:13:03-05:00February 18th, 2019|

What’s Happening – July 2018

So, What’s Happening In The Orchard?   July in the orchard is a busy time of year.  Even though it tends to be hot and dry during July everything continues to grow.  If we are lucky enough to catch a rain, then everything really grows well including the weeds.  Right now, we are concentrating on making sure that we have a quality apple crop available for all our guests to enjoy.  This is the stretch of time when our earliest [...]

2018-07-23T15:43:18-05:00July 23rd, 2018|

So, What’s Happening in the Orchard? – June 2018

So, What’s Happening In The Orchard?   Here it is, June at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard and what a June it has been.  With record high temperatures reaching near 100 degrees and below normal rainfall we have been busy making sure our crops have plenty of water to thrive.  The newly planted strawberries are looking great and will be producing beautiful berries next year.  The Montmorency cherries that we planted in April are looking healthy and already have 6 to [...]

2018-06-21T13:22:43-05:00June 21st, 2018|

So, What’s Happening in the Orchard? – May 2018

So, What’s Happening in the Orchard?   April showers bring May flowers and that is exactly what happened here at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard.  It has been kind of a crazy year weather-wise, but we are having a more normal year than many recently.  So often we have had to worry about early bloom and the frost damaging those early flowers.  Not this year – bloom has held off until well into May and we are seeing a very nice [...]

2018-05-30T10:04:34-05:00May 23rd, 2018|

So, What’s Happening in the Orchard? – April 2018

Here it is well into April and it is a typical Nebraska weather pattern; that is – wait a minute and the weather will change.  Last year at this time we were in full bloom and nervous that the frosts would damage the flowers.  This year we are patiently waiting for bud break.  Even though we have experienced some record cold temperatures recently, we are still looking at a closer-to-normal type of spring than we have experienced in a few [...]

2018-05-30T10:00:56-05:00April 25th, 2018|

So, What’s Happening in the Orchard? – March 2018

So, What’s Happening In The Orchard? Well, the first day of spring is soon upon us and guess what---there snow on the ground as I write this. I am not complaining too much about the snow because we can use the moisture. I know spring really is just around the corner because the Red Winged Blackbirds have arrived, and the Robins and Bluebirds are busy in the orchard. We are still busy pruning here at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard. The [...]

2018-05-30T10:01:49-05:00March 16th, 2018|

So, What’s Happening in the Orchard? – February 2018

Here we are in February and snow is covering the ground. Forecasts are actually showing some pretty nice weather coming our way soon, but we really could use some more moisture. Pruning is well under way on the apple trees and even though there are a few weeks of work to go on the apples we must look forward to the future and start planning ahead. Grapes are next on our agenda. When we prune apples a surprising amount of [...]

2018-05-30T10:02:42-05:00February 12th, 2018|

So, Whats Happening in The Orchard? – January 2018

So, What’s Happening In The Orchard? Welcome to a chilly 2018! According to state weather data we haven’t seen these types of cold temperatures since 1961. Extended forecasts say that we will soon be back into a more typical Nebraska weather pattern to finish off the winter of 2017/2018. So, what does go on in the orchard this time of year? Well, primarily pruning. Every single tree or vine is visited and pruned. We prune to remove any damage that [...]

2018-05-30T09:59:05-05:00January 12th, 2018|