The Bee & Thistle Winery is planning to expand its offerings to include Cherry wine and liqueur. All of the Cherries will be grown on Collin’s Ravensfield Farm, located just down the road from the Bee & Thistle Winery and Orchards.
To protect the Cherry orchard from wildlife, Collin and the team erected a fence covering 5 acres of field. One thousand Cherry trees were purchased from a local distributor in Prince Albert, Haskap Central Sales Ltd., and planted in a nursery on the Bee & Thistle Orchard property. In the spring of 2019, the trees’ roots should be established enough to safely move them from the nursery’s fertile soil to the field’s more rugged grounds.
Getting one of the corners ready for the 8 foot high wire fencing
Peter’s farm tractor came in very handy
The corner fencing along the north-west side
The Cherry trees will be watered from a pond on the property
We picked up the Cherry trees from Haskap Central Sales
The trees are frozen in a 4 pack
The trees had to be separated and thawed before planting
Collin planted the 1000th Cherry tree in the nursery
The Cherry trees were planted in a Nursery and will be watered and cared for until they get stronger. This is on Bee & Thistle Berry Orchard property.
It’s the spring of 2019 and the cherries have survived their first winter! Next month they will be transplanted to Ravensfield Farm.
After only 10 months in the nursery, look at the awesome roots on the cherry tree!
Poplar trees were planted in the Bee & Thistle Orchard nursery in May 2019. They will be transplanted to Ravensfield to act as a windbreak for the cherry trees.