Gelpi, Albert. "Robert Frost and John Crowe Ransom" in A Coherent Splendor: The American Poetic Renaissance, 1910-1950 (Cambridge UP 1987). Professor Gelpi traces the roots of American Modernist poetry as both a reaction to and outgrowth of American Romanticism. He points out that Frost's attitude toward nature was divided: "Frost was both Calvinist and Romantic - and neither; nature, he knew, was inhuman, but his hesitation about whether its inhumanity meant that nature was savage or divine made him wary both of finding salvation in surrender to the land and of "getting too transcended" (10).
Once the fruit has set, thinning of the fruit is required to ensure large, marketable fruit and flowering ("return bloom") in the following year. Thinning may be accomplished chemically and/or by hand. The earlier thinning is completed, the larger the fruit will be at harvest and the better the return bloom for the following year. If chemical thinning is used, follow all label directions for rate and the timing of the applications. If the thinning is completed by hand, begin thinning no later than mid-June. This allows for a natural phenomenon called "June drop" to occur so less time will be required for hand thinning. June drop occurs approximately 3 to 4 weeks after bloom when a small percentage of the apples that did not begin to grow will naturally drop.