Orchard Updates for 2019

March 26, 2019 0 Comments

Two years ago, I ordered an Orenco apple tree. The nursery wasn’t able to fill my order, so I tried again last year. Again, the nursery wasn’t able to fill the order. As a result, I talked with the orchardist who has been custom grafting apple trees for me and he grafted the Orenco for …

Updates for 2017

February 5, 2017 0 Comments

One of the changes for 2017 is the addition of a weather station at Illahe Lodge so we are able to track the amount of rain, high and low temperatures, wind direction and speed, and humidity. We had quite a bit of rain in January, although it didn’t seem like it was anything out of …

Garden Update – June 21

June 21, 2016 0 Comments

We have planted three corn patches at Illahe Lodge now. As soon as the most recent planting reaches about six inches tall, we will plant another one. This approach enables us to have corn from late July until the end of our fall season. The tomato plants have fruit and we anticipate having extra tomatoes …

Orchard Update 2016

February 28, 2016 0 Comments

We have continued the expansion of our fruit orchards that began last year with about 20 fig trees, eight apple trees, and three crabapple trees. This week, we planted eight additional apple trees and two peach trees. The criteria that were used to select the apple trees included flavor, extending the growing season, historical interest, …

Garden Update

August 9, 2015 0 Comments

We picked about 60 pounds of tomatoes, 60 pounds of cucumbers, 40 pounds of squash, and 60 pounds of pears between yesterday and today. (Much of the produce is shown in the picture below.) All of the produce was sold before it was even picked. We are scheduling appointments with people who are interested in …

Tomatoes

July 24, 2015 0 Comments

We are starting to get some ripe tomatoes – and have a lot more tomatoes on the vine. Many of these tomatoes will be served to our guests as fresh sliced tomatoes, tomato juice, and in salads. We sell our extra tomatoes. The 2015 price is $50 for 40 pounds of vine ripened tomatoes. (Tomatoes …

Garden Update – July 2015

July 11, 2015 0 Comments

We have been picking yellow cherry tomatoes for about a week. Today, we picked the first regular tomato of the year. (It was blemished, but it tasted like a tomato.) We will serve summer squash, cherry tomatoes, Walla Walla sweet onions, and cucumbers from our garden as well as apples from our trees and blackberries …

Garden

June 18, 2015 0 Comments

As I was weeding inside the hoops on the tomatoes today, I noticed that a lot of the plants have tomatoes that are about the size of golf balls. People often ask what we do with the tomatoes. Many – most, actually – will be served to guests of Illahe Lodge. At lunch and dinner, …