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Comment by Loam Gnome on January 13, 2019 at 9:15pm

Today I planted the first of my new batch of fruit trees.  In the maritime pacific NW, this has been a very mild winter so far.  The nursery sent the bare root this week, so I wanted to get it into the ground as soon as possible.

This tree is a new type of red flesh apple, developed in Europe (In think it was Switzerland) by crossing red flesh crabapples with good dessert apples.  The results were red flesh apples with new flavor notes - some said berry type flavors, disease resistant and fun to look at and eat. 

The following is a web link to the burpee description, although I bought mine from one green world nursery.

I had decided no more fruit trees.  I think that was partly some depression because of my limitations.  Instead, I keep thinking of places to plant new trees that either replace ones that did not do well, or are in protected spots that will not need much care, I hope.  This was one.  I'm also expecting some unusual persimmons, with flavors like coffee cake, or chocolate (the cultivar names reflect that , "Coffee cake Persimmon" and "Chocolate Persimmon"), some new disease resistant columnar apple trees developed in Europe, and some jujube trees.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2019 at 12:27am

Depleted soils, droughts, out of control rains and flooding, erosion, mismanagement of water, all pile up creating the end of farming. Abandoned farms yield no nutrition. Two men recognized that farming practices had to change if all these challenges were to be overcome. What they did, although controversial, worked. They caused the sequestration of water supply in the soil, they managed run-off of water, they repaired water channeling, they planted willows and rushes, fighting government regulation in the process. This story gives inspiration to hopeless people. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2019 at 12:16am

Creativity, from garden to mealtime, this vlogger brings the arts and sciences together to make life interesting and productive. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 12, 2019 at 7:26am

Daniel, I don't grow much in the winter, although I have chia seed sprouts growing in my basement. Like you, another experiment. I don't know how they'll taste. I use a fluorescent light. Good luck with your investment! I need to read your garden blog now.

Comment by Loam Gnome on January 11, 2019 at 9:34am

Randy, I'll second that!  Gardening keeps me sane.  More or less :-)

Yesterday I planted onion seeds in starter packs.  From what I read, growing onions from seeds is more productive than sets or bought plants.  Last year, deer or rabbits ate all of my onion plants.  This year they will ne fenced in.

I also ordered some grow lights on Amazon.  It's difficult to figure out which ones to use.  I tink a lot of them are super expensive and powerful, for growing marijuana.  I am just growing vegetable and flower seedlings, so I ordered two relatively less expensive, lower wattage LED plant lights.  We will see how the they do.  For years I used fluorescent tubes which worked fine, but Im in the mood to experiment,

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2019 at 7:46am

Good for you, Randy! I understand the way to activate charcoal is to pee on it. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 11, 2019 at 7:28am

I just read a Dr. Mercola website entry that claims gardening is a major key to living a long life. I'll buy into that! Wish I could work in the yard and garden all year long. The only thing I do now is toss urine on it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2019 at 12:58pm

Randy, I have been following a homesteader for several years and he has a neat method. Justin Rhodes 

How 2 Pigs and 30 Chickens Prep My 1,200 Square Foot Garden

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2019 at 10:27am

That story's good for a chuckle.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 8, 2019 at 7:17am

I may have to try to get my dog to "plow" my garden by pointing and hollering "mole"!

 

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