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Posted by Michael Phillips 
what's wrong with this picture?
October 23, 2018 07:59AM
West Virginia National Guard Invests More than $5 Million to Grow Apple Trees on a Mine Site
http://www.wvpublic.org/post/wva-national-guard-invests-more-5-million-grow-apple-trees-mine-site

Lost Nation Orchard
Zone 4b in New Hampshire
Re: what's wrong with this picture?
November 04, 2018 08:06AM
Lets see.... looks like poor sandy soil, no irrigation/fertigation system in place, and it looks like these tree's are spaced too closely together, even for a high density trellis orchard. Many are already dead by the looks of it.

Yup, all it would take would be a 6 week drought in July/August and they would all be toast !! LOL

Brampton Lake Orchards

Zone 4a Upper Michigan
Re: what's wrong with this picture?
November 04, 2018 11:59AM
I agree with your horticultural observations, Pat. It looks like the potential fruiting wall created by dwarf trees planted two to three feet apart may not be supported by a trellis. My guess is little was done with mycorrhizal inoculation as well, and fungal connection more than anything else is what it will take to establish any plant community on a bulldozed mine site. But what especially bugs me here is that 5 million dollars can be spent on non-farmers when so many community orchardists could take a $50,000 or so infrastructure boost and actually do something to further secure regional food security. The marketing plan for this mountain-top juice orchard to compete against Chinese concentrate is also completely suspect . . . as if production costs will come anywhere near being covered. But at least the National Guard can do the spraying with fighter jets!

Lost Nation Orchard
Zone 4b in New Hampshire
Re: what's wrong with this picture?
November 04, 2018 12:16PM
No doubt this "project" will end up just like the other one referenced in the article.......a complete loss !!!

Brampton Lake Orchards

Zone 4a Upper Michigan
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