Everything Wants to Eat your Trees

Posted by John Kring on Apr 29th 2019

This is what I tell all of our customers.  The picture below is a great example of what I'm talking about.   Rabbits can do this to a tree when the snow is deeper than your trunk guards … read more

Let's Do This!

Posted by John Kring on Apr 27th 2019

Yesterday we were at Flambeau High School in Tony, WI.  Their plant science class had invited us to come and teach an apple grafting class.  My partner Tony has taught many grafting cla … read more

Wisconsin Winter is Coming.....Again!

Posted by John Kring on Apr 12th 2019

Wisconsin doesn't have dragons or White Walkers but it does have multiple winters.  We had spring for about a week and then on Wednesday night winter returned with a vengeance.   Good t … read more

Red Flesh Pears and Movie References

Posted by John Kring on Apr 6th 2019

The Rotkottis Frau Ostergotland is one of two red flesh pears we offer at Maple Valley Orchards.  The downside of this pear is that you need to keep a close eye on it for fire blight.  It's … read more

Frederick von Applestein

Posted by John Kring on Mar 27th 2019

Karen and I spent a couple hours grafting apple trees for our customers tonight.   We're a great team.  Karen gets all the rootstocks, handles the tags, and keeps me organized.  &n … read more