Espalier fruit trees

 Espalier is the horticultural and ancient agricultural practice of controlling woody plant growth originally for the production of fruit, by pruning and tying branches to a frame so that they grow into a flat plane, frequently in formal patterns, against a structure such as a wall, fence, or trellis, and also plants which have been shaped in this way.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espalier

Monday Morning Snowpack Report for May 13th 2013

Good morning everyone this is the17th Monday Morning Snow Report for the 2012-2013 snow season.  Last year at this time the state median dropped to 16% with a low of 9% and a high of 20% of median.  This year the state median is at 87% with a low of 31% and a high of 118% of median.   The snowpack is holding fairly steady for the Gunnison Basin.  Things are looking really good for the Colorado headwaters.

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Paonia River Park Festival

The Delta Conservation District employees, John Miller, Dev Carey and Dawn Marah spent Thursday and Friday at the paonia river park with the riparian trailer teaching kids about the Colorado river system and how rivers work.  We had such a great group of kids that were very intelligent with  lots of questions!

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Other learning stations included Coal energy , solar energy, aquatic insects and Colorado water rights. 

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Exploring the Colorado

JohnWesleyPowell

We are now ready to start on our way down the Great Unknown. Our boats…are chafing each other, as they are tossed by the fretful river. We have but a month’s rations remaining. The flour has been resisted through the mosquito-net sieve; the spoiled bacon has been dried…the sugar has all melted and gone on its way down the river. We are three quarters of a mile in the depths of the earth, and the great river shrinks into insignificance, as it dashes its angry waves against the walls and cliffs that rise to the world above; they are but puny ripples, and we are but pygmies, running up and down the sands, or lost among the boulders. We have an unknown distance yet to run; an unknown river yet to explore. What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls rise over the river, we know not.

John Wesley Powell (describing his expedition down the untamed Colorado River in 1869)