It must be July – the season of fresh SWEET CORN! Our patch here at the farm will be ready soon – maybe in another week or two. It is tasseled out so it won’t be long. Please let us know if you would like to come & pick some ears. We will show you where it’s at & we are happy to share!
The IGIA Summer Conference was a huge hit! It was fun to resurrect this old tradition and spend time with IGIA friends & colleagues. Below are some fun pics from the event. Make sure to join us next summer in Galena!
Walking through the nursery on a quiet summer evening brings all sorts of pleasant surprises. On this night, we caught a few Catalpa flowers in full bloom along with the ending blooms of Purple Robe Black Locust.
A few rows over, we admired a young crop of Honeylocust & Elms. These were recently pruned and staked as needed – ready for next season. We have an amazing crop of 2″ Elms, Locust and Linden for this fall and next spring.
As we turned around to head back we were greeted by a colorful sunset over the Lindens. A perfect way to end the day!
While sitting on our front porch the other night relaxing & enjoying a much needed rain, we were treated to the most spectacular display. After the rain passed this remarkable rainbow appeared in full glory. Soaking up the rain & sunshine centered perfectly under the colors is the nursery a mile down the road. What a perfect way to welcome summer!
Nothing is more delicious than a freshly baked pie loaded with fresh summer berries… except maybe a slice with ice cream on top!
Did you know the berries on Serviceberry are edible? They are in peak fruit right now in the nursery. When the berries are ripe they are scrumptious! The berries mature to a dark red color and taste similar to a blueberry. We have been enjoying these as snacks in the nursery this week. But you need to act quick – the birds swoop in pretty fast & gobble them up!
Our new crop of soybeans is up in the nursery! We use soybeans as our cover crop on areas in our field while the land is in between tree crops. The soybeans help add nitrogen back into the soil while holding our soil in place during the season as protection from wind & water erosion. Caring for our soil is a top priority at the nursery.
As we have mentioned before, Becky is the 5th generation on our family farm. We have kept our farms productive & healthy for so long by taking the utmost care of our soil. Becky’s Dad, Doug Harford, was one of the first farmers in the US to implement no-till farm management into his corn & soybean operation. Through years of no-till farming, our soil has become naturally porous & rich in organic matter.
By using cover crops & minimal tillage in the nursery, we can continue the legacy of conservation started many years ago on our land. We are proud to pass on healthy soils to the next generation!
PS: Shout out to Becky’s brother, Chris Harford for planting & harvesting our soybeans. Thanks Bro!
Early mornings are the best in the nursery – especially when the sun shines through the Yellowwood! While out spraying early one Saturday morning, Jamie caught a beautiful shot of our next crop of Yellowwood coming along in the field.
Yellowwood are one of our favorite intermediate trees. Their architecture, bark, flowers and foliage are also complimented by their abiilty to adapt & grow well in many spots.
We just finished getting all of our new liners pruned & ready to grow! Our new liner crop was planted earlier this spring & they will grow on in the field for the next several years. The first initial pruning of the liners is a very important step in the development of the tree.
Our first pruning on liners usually consists of some key actions. We make sure to prune off any damaged or dead branches that occurred from shipping or planting. Next we limb up some of the bottoms branches to get the canopy closer to the height we want from the ground. Next we look at the top & establish a select a leader & adjust the overall height as needed. Then we do the structure work on the lateral branches by thinning out, shortening up, & removing branches as needed.
If the liner pruning is done properly, then the tree is off to a great start for it’s years here in our field. As we move through the blocks & complete the first step of structuring, our crews come behind & do a final touch up to make sure the tree is straight in the ground at the proper height.
Then we just wait for rain & sunshine to do their work & our new trees are ready to grow!
Now that June is here we are well on our way to field work! The early start to the spring put us ahead of schedule in the field so now we are in the full swing of pruning, mowing, spraying, etc. Summer is just around the corner!
Our Holding Yard looks great & all of the trees that we have above ground have never looked better! We have everything on drip irrigation and easily situated for tagging & loading. As we start out the month of June, we are still shipping out trees every day for customer projects. On the sales end its been a great spring, and it seems to look like it will be busy into the summer. We are already taking orders for fall digging, and the new crop of trees coming along in the field looks terrific!
Pictured here are some beautiful late spring blooms we found recently in the nursery. On the top is Ft. McNair Horsechestnut & below is Tulip Tree. Both of these gorgeous blooms can be found mid-late spring on these excellent shade trees. We grow both of these species but sell out quickly each spring!
We welcome you to stop by the nursery for a visit. It’s a great time of year to see the trees we have growing for the future!