Friday, May 10, 2013
A couple of pictures for my father..
When my father last visited the orchard, he asked us why we don't grow some kind of crop in the middle between tree rows. I am sure he didn't imagine a full canopy of leaves and the limited sunlight that reaches the orchard floor. Here are a couple of pics from Carpenter that show how shady things get once the trees have leafed out.
Each almond tree is like a little factory that produces carbohydrates and protein using energy from the sun. When sunlight reaches the orchard floor, then the almond trees are not capturing all the light and cannot reach their full productive potential.