Our three apple trees are bearing an abundance of fruit, which means it's time to get back into the garden and climb back up on the ladder to start thinning them.
Thinning the apple trees is an important step to reduce the load on the branches and allow for the remaining apples to grow larger.The apples are thinned to leave 4-to-6 inches between the fruit. It seems like a waste of fruit, but it's an important step to growing a good crop. (We thin our peach trees, too). Besides, this time of year the trees experience what's called "June drop", a process through which they naturally start shedding fruit on their own. I'm just giving them a hand.
Just to make sure that we stay really busy, we are diving into re-roofing our home
Back up on the ladder I go.
We took our time to seriously contemplate how to remove the deck cover from the existing roof without getting smashed under it. My husband, and his engineering genius, worked it out perfectly so that the three of us could remove the structure in manageable pieces...and not die in the process. Phew!
The old gutters are shown in this photo. We've since installed new gutters around the entire home. The next steps is to paint and install the downspouts. Painting the downspouts now is a little tricky because it's gotten so hot outside. We're working around the heat of the day by painting the sheet metal during the cool hours of the early morning and late evening.