And a family dog ...
Steve r on 2nd April 2015 @ 7:13am
That flaw (I think) in the photo looks like broken sprinkler pipe.
The amount of labor that went into turning the HR Valley into orchards is mind boggling. The trees that had to be removed. And they weren't just cut down, they had to be removed. The stumps that had to be removed and then all of the roots.
Working the ground up into a tillable soil, gradually removing all rocks and left over roots, then planting hundreds of trees in straight rows and "nursing" them in their growth to producing a marketable fruit.
Planting hundreds of strawberry plants amongst the young fruit trees so there was a marketable crop while waiting for the trees to produce.
Digging irrigation ditches.
Oh my aching back just thinking about it.
But now, during this time of year, the valley is famous for its beauty of blossoms.
L.E. on 2nd April 2015 @ 7:43am
Did early orchards in Pine Grove use ditch irrigation?
And if they did, what was the water source?
L.E. on 2nd April 2015 @ 7:48am
I don't know about early irrigation, but I remember prior to sprinklers our orchards having "rills." The water ran down through them. This naturally was after the irrigation ditch had been established on the east side of the valley.
Charlott on 2nd April 2015 @ 7:50am
I think L.E. is right about the white shadow being related to irrigation. In the original photo I can see a small hose or pipe leading up to that point.
Arthur on 2nd April 2015 @ 8:01am
This warm spring makes me wonder if this is the time to visit and see the valley in full bloom.
Kenn on 2nd April 2015 @ 8:37am
Kenn the lower valley is absolute full bloom the past few days. Awesome. And sunshine today but maybe showers the rest of the week.
nels on 2nd April 2015 @ 12:37pm
It is funny, I think, that most of the family pictures that are on display at the Museum, have the family dog in the picture. My son and myself took our own "Blossom Tour" last week end. BEAUTIFUL!
judy on 3rd April 2015 @ 8:23am
What I remember most about Blossom Day is the smorgasbord at the Pine Grove Grange.
Jeffrey Bryant on 4th April 2015 @ 4:34am
Here is the link to an article concerning the first Blossom Festival in 1912.
Jeffrey Bryant on 3rd September 2017 @ 5:37am