Backyard Orchard has been busy with winter work such as pruning and brush cleaning, and we're about done with both the former and the latter. Because of last year's light crop, the trees responded by growing a ton of water-sprouts. This year we should have a great bloom (trees bloom heavily after a drought) and so far we are having a normal winter, so hopefully bloom will happen on schedule and not a month early as it did last year.
We lost a few of our new peach and pear trees to deer damage, but the majority of what we planted last spring has survived. We're thinking of planting a new apple called Winecrisp, which has a Winesap-like coloring, but a sweeter taste. Has anyone tried it?
If you're looking for something to do, check out Adam's Apples, a fantastic blog that's reviewed hundreds of apple varieties.