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HazMatMind
Mon Sep 24 2018, 10:57AM Email Thread Print View
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Any suggestions on when to pluck 'them apples' before the birds and chipmunks and bears and coyotes have pecked and scarfed the crop entirely away?
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solargardens
Mon Sep 24 2018, 11:38AM
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HHM pick one and see how they taste. Just tasted on of my Fuji apples. Really good but I know they should be a little sweeter. They should be ready soon. The Jonathans still a little bitter, maybe a couple of weeks. Our Arkansas blacks maybe mid Oct.

Hope this helps you out. I am in Erwin Lake so we have to take the micoclimate into consideration.




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HazMatMind
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Fawnskin, here. Apple tree was here before I moved in and I don't know what kind of apple. Sort of medium small. You have Fuji! I have Envy. Thanks for the info, I'll try a taste test.
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Mon Sep 24 2018, 12:56PM
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We have pears and apples that have never produced more than a few fruit that are LOADED. My plight is echoed throughout the valley. It would be cool to have a fruit swap meet and trade varietys of different

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Fruit

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My pear tree had the most pears ever this year. Had 15 Vons size bags full of fruit. Been giving these away as well as making pear butter and canning many. Had cherries this year for the first time. Not a lot, about 3 big bowls full. Nectarine tree had about 2 dozen fruits on it. This tree blossoms first in the spring and any spring frost will do the most damage to this tree. Do not prune this tree until spring when new growth first appears. Nectarine tree is called Artic Queen. Has white sweet flesh. The plum tree is loaded, first time in 7 years, fruit still is not quite ripe. It's a French prune technically. Can't wait to make plum jam and plum dumplings. Apple tree, like everyone else, has a bounty of fruit. Oh, I heard that apples are ripe when you pluck one, cut in half and if the seeds are brown, they are ripe.

All these fruit have appeared this year because BBV did not get that notorious late freeze in the late spring. Finally all of the work put into fertilizing and pruning has paid off. Just in case you want to know, our plum and nectarine tree was planted bare root from a company called Trees of Antiquity, they do have a website, just search for it. They have sooo many different kinds of fruit trees and you can call them to see exactly what trees grow up here. They also have berries.

Well, I have got to get back to baking a Pear Cheddar pie, enjoy the bounty.

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Blown away by the bounty and the information, thank you all. Mt.Man, whereabouts do you live? MicroClimate-wise?
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DIY Pear Brandy recipe: [Click Here]
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Hazmat, live near Shay Meadows. Heard yesterday that a neighbor had no cherries on their tree, have no idea why. I also do water our trees via drip system on timer.

Gonna have to make some pear brandy now for those snowed in days...



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We're in upper Fawnskin and we picked our apples Monday because they were attracting bears and coyotes. The Honey Crisp were perfect (albeit a tad small) but the Arkansas Black Spur were gross! May not have been ripe, but didn't want to attract the bear any more than it normally is!

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Benny ⭐
Aug 19 : 09:37pm
bluemeadow, the Blackhawk is not here yet. The shoot is at the top of the mountain, but I believe it will be landing in our parking lot at Bear Mtn. I think he arrives tomorrow or Wednesday, shooting through the end of the week.

Forest Grump
Aug 19 : 07:48pm
There are also OHV Volunteers for the USFS. These fine people patrol our forest service roads often finding an destroying illegal fire pits, putting out deserted campfires, educating campers about illegal campfires and seeing that they are put out.

Tlingit
Aug 19 : 04:12pm
Thanks Forest, good to know.

Forest Grump
Aug 19 : 03:17pm
There is a large volunteer presence, Big Bear Valley Citizens on Patrol. They are recruiting now. They can be hampered sometimes by their controllers but for the most part these guys/gals rule.

bluemeadow
Aug 19 : 02:58pm
Do we know what film shoot at Bear Mountain, I can hear the helicopter, but did not see it though.


Tlingit
Aug 19 : 12:15pm
I personally don't see the same police presence as I did even a few years ago. Is there a volunteer service in place? I know volunteers can't do much, but eye's and ears are invaluable. Without the bodies needed to respond, guess it wouldn't work.

doo·hick·ey
Aug 19 : 11:18am
(Paranoid-conspiracy-theory Sidenote:
Like our Sheriff dept. if we had very low crime rate for one year, why would they increase their budget? Possibly, a quota of instances must be met. It's a thin line game the big cheese's are playing w/our safety.)
Soap box 📦 done!

Quakes
Aug 19 : 11:08am
I didn't know campfires were allowed at all out here. On the Eastern side of the country, they are allowed. People even burn debris in large piles in their backyards in Tennessee. Here, it lacks the humidity where a fire can easily get out of hand.

doo·hick·ey
Aug 19 : 10:47am
If it is due to budget cuts for their man hours, one would think a 2nd shift or overtime for rangers is much more cost effective than the resources it takes to fight a wildfire.

JeepGirl
Aug 19 : 09:12am
Went Yellow Post Camping Saturday... Ranger drove around and stopped at each spot explaining as of Tuesday no more camp fires.... So, kind of a boring evening sitting around with no fire... However every other visible spot had a raging camp fire... No Ranger to be seen from dusk til dawn... Would it not make more sense to be patrolling in the evening...

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Aug 19 : 08:08am
FYI, there's a film shoot going on at Bear Mountain this week that will include a real Blackhawk helicopter. You may see it buzzing around the Valley & Moonridge.

doo·hick·ey
Aug 18 : 05:42pm
Packrats probably..

doo·hick·ey
Aug 18 : 05:35pm
The rabbits 🐇 around here don't know what to make of carrots, go figure, the muskrats (?) eat them all up.

doo·hick·ey
Aug 18 : 05:29pm
That's terrible, Hit n run non injury Lake Arrowhead.

Hey that giant tame gopher snake resident I have will tremble it's tail tip if startled. I laugh, wanna-be!

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