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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
Christmas cactus kicking in.
Congratulations on the acquisition of lots of brown gold Daniel.
I was finally able to ask my neighbor if she minded me raking her leaves. Now have two pickup truck loads, one for the vegetable garden and one for the orchard.
For the vegetable garden, I spread them about 18 inches thick. During the rainy winter, they will decompose to about 3 inches, which I turn over. Makes for nice soil. Looks neater now while sleeping for the winter.
For the orchard, I spread them about 1 foot thick to the edges of the protective fences. It's as much to keep weeds down as it is to build soil, but that is also a feature. Also looks neater than the weeds.
Tree leaves are the Fall "brown gold" for the permie / organic gardener.
Joan, that grape juice sounds great! I've never made grape juice, and we had a big surplus of grapes that went to the birds. Is it difficult to juice them?
This weekend wss very good. I did a fair amount of mowing, some more puttering with the deer cages in my orchard. Planted a seedling peach tree in the chicken yard, and a pink flowered ornamental cherry that I grafted this spring. Ning cleaned his chicken house, and all of the straw and droppings went into this year's zucchini, tomato, pumpkin garden, which might be next year's sweet corn garden. I planted 50 daffodil bulbs, 10 allium moly, and 3 camassia bulbs.
Despite frequent crop failures, we know the old adage of "nothing ventured, nothing gained". I don't get overly discouraged. And living through winter isn't so bad, either. It gives me (and garden) a chance to rest and re-invigorate. Same is true with my golfing. A break in the action is a good thing.
Don, I am sorry to learn of your apple tree going down. Those late autumn snow storms take down a lot of strong trees. I've lost several, i.e. Washington Hawthorn and an apple.
Don, Daniel, and Randy, your crops and trees sound especially delightful now, as the weather makes its change from autumn into winter temperatures. I have Concord grape juice, about 20 quarts, in my freezer and given to family and friends. I went hunting for some parsley a few days ago and found nothing good enough to eat. My dried parsley taste fresh in cups of chicken stock.
The neighbors all have put their gardens to bed and shared from their abundance with me.
I have a little herb garden in my dining room window that looks healthy and lush. I use them as fast as they grow. I'll get some new starts going so that I can have more.
Randy, like you, I had things that did not do well. Also I over-did things. Even so, there were successes that I was very excited about. The plums did poorly, as did the sweet cherties, but there were enough tart cherries for 2 pies, first time for me. Again no paw paws yet, but my first crop ever for persimmons, which I didnt know would grow here, cool short summer that it is. We had the best potato and onion crops, but tomatoes did poorly. My okra experiment was kind of a bust, but I did get a few bowls of okra soup. Half of the Chinese radishes split and rotted, but the Japanese daikon radishes and turnips were great.
So next year, maybe this year's disappointments will be the winners, and vice versa!
Yesterday I finished covering a 10 by 20 foot bed that was this year's Indian corn, with about 18 inches thick layer of maple leaves. I already chopped the corn stalks to about one foot peices, and spread ground limestone. That is for next year tomato and squadh, maybe, or potatoes and onions.
Ouch, Don. I know the feeling. My cherry tree split a few years back. I've never planted another one because I hated pitting the fruit.
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