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Comment by Loam Gnome on July 23, 2018 at 8:34pm

Patricia, what a beautiful tree.  Maybe I should think about one for my next planting. I forgot I also planted a river birch this spring. That was a bare-root tree that I bought at a discount store. 

Joan I feel the same way. That is why I returned to this website. Life continues to surprise me with unanticipated twists and turns. It still amazes me that I can plant a tree at this point in my life and there is still a potential to see that tree become a beautiful specimen.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2018 at 5:26pm

Daniel, I remember when you planted that tree; we were both ignorant of what was to happen in 2013. Our cancers were diagnosed early that year and we began the protocols for treatment. Each day since then has been a gift, except for the miseries caused by those drugs that were hoped to solve our different problems. The minutes of life matter, the people in our lives make a difference, who we spend time with and what we choose to do with that time can be enriching and full of peace.

You planted a tree then and now you can sit in its shade! It perfectly shaped and looks robust and healthy. May all your days be overflowing with things that interest you and bring you pleasure. 

You feel like a brother to me. 

Comment by Patricia on July 23, 2018 at 2:53pm

I like trees & lots of them for shade. The smell is fresh too.

We have a Russian Olive tree in the front, & its fragrance is very sweet but not sickening. They grow quickly, & can get into weird shapes. We  planted one in the back yard too, but it failed.

These pics aren't of ours, but this is what it looks like here.

 

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 23, 2018 at 2:41pm

Here is a Linden tree that I planted 9/8/12.   First photo is yesterday.  Second photo is just after planting.

When I planted this tree, I had no idea that cancer cells were multiplying in my abdomen.   But here we are, 6 years later.  I'm still around, and this has grown into a handsome tree.  Who knows what another 6 years will bring. 

This tree was end of season sale at Home Depot.  It cost about $9.  It was rootbound, so I cut off all of the winding roots.  It got lots of water for a couple of years, but only once this year, on the hottest day. 

Each year I plant a potentially large-growing tree.  Some years, I planted several.  I don't know if that will continue.  I planted another chestnut tree last winter, so maybe that's the effort for this year.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 22, 2018 at 4:09pm

Spud, your peach / squirrel dilemma reminds me of my grandfather.  He was in his 80s when I was in high school.  During the winter, he fed the squirrels so much, they would come up on his porch and eat out of his hand.  Then in the summer, they ate his peaches.  He shot at them with his BB gun, but that wasn't much deterrent.  On the growing fruit website, some members make bags from window screen material, and put a bag around each peach on the tree.  A lot of work.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 22, 2018 at 4:04pm

Joan, sometimes there are ants inside the figs.  I haven't seen any yet this year.  Sometimes I use tanglefoot to prevent ants from climbing the trees.  It works 100% and is cheap and nontoxic.  No little worms.

Another zinnia photo.  They are filling in nicely.  Deer are all over this area, but they don't touch zinnias.  Rabbits get a few when they are small.  I have row covers made from wire fencing, until they are about a foot tall.  Minimal watering.

Now we are getting lots of fruits and vegetables.  I eat them every day.  Most of my carb intake now is either home grown potato or home made sourdough.  Looking forward to sweet corn soon.   We spiralize a lot of the zucchinis and eat them like noodles.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2018 at 12:15am

Loam Gnome, your figs look healthy and delicious. Do you have problems with ants getting inside or those nasty tiny worms?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2018 at 12:13am

Spud, you have tried all the things I would have done, and I have seen squirrels jump great heights and spring through the air as though they have wings. So, I give up. I have no new ideas to offer. Live trapping is one option, however, other squirrels will come in to replace them. 

I have only one more idea that might work: a fine mesh canopy, such as those used to keep birds out of cherry trees. Cover the tree from top to bottom.

Oh yes, one more thought, a vicious dog who loves to kill squirrels; only remember to keep the small children, little old ladies, and those who can't run fast away from the beast.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2018 at 11:33pm

She is a southern gardener, however, she offers principles that apply to we northern growers.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 21, 2018 at 8:53pm

Spud, maybe you can trap them and release somewhere 20 miles away?  I saw videos about a squirrel launcher, but people might think that is mean.

First figs of the year.

 

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