I was surprise to here that not everyone have seen an almond tree. We have so many different things growing here in our valley. I just saw some corn already a knee high (for cow feed). I am mostly surrounded by orchards or vineyards, but on the west side of our valley is where most of the row crops are grown. I remember as a little girl my parents would drive down the road telling us what kinds of things were growing out in the fields. Roger and I find ourselves doing the same things. The funny thing is when I was young all I could think was what's the big deal? It's just plants.. LOL.
Your windshield will not be a very pretty sight with all these bees pollinating
Have you ever seen an almond orchard being harvested? They take a machine/tractor that is totally enclosed and really low to the ground so it fits under the trees. It has an arm with a claw on the front of it that grabs ahold of the tree trunk and shakes all the almonds off the tree unto the ground. Then they have a machine that is a large vacuum that comes and vacuums up the almonds. Both of these cause tons of dust in the air and during school days the schools around here do not let the kids outside to play because of the bad air quality.
I am not an expert on almonds and just sharing what I have observed living here for the past 16 years. I'm sure I have given you the simple version of almond harvesting :). I just really enjoy the beautiful spring they provide and the yummy almond of course.
We also have this really neat Blossom Trail here in the valley so if you are ever in Ca. in the spring it is a must do! I plan to do it this year it will be our first time.
I am Happy,