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Comment by Loam Gnome on November 8, 2018 at 11:49am

Here's a nice article about Honeycrisp and newer apples.  I've read similar before but enjoy the information.  In my orchard, we like Liberty and Honeycrisp the best.  There is also one called "Rubinette" that was very good this year, not good last year.  We'll see about next year.  

Each year I buy some scion for grafting.  It's an inexpensive way to try different varieties.  As a result, most of my apple trees have 3 to 10 varieties of apple per tree.  My favorites to try are historic types, and disease resistant hybris from the PRI (Purdue Rutgers Illinois) program.  They cross bred many types, including some crabapples, to make some delicious, disease resistant varieties.  in the past I grew Pristine which was a big favorite, and very early.  But that branch bore so heavily this year, it broke off.  The Fedco Cooperative in Maine carries lots of varieties of scion, both historic and modern.  I like those, and like to read through the descripfions and order early.  For next Spring, Im thinking about trying Prima, St Lawrence, and Williams Pride.  This year and last year's grafts all took, but wont bear until next Spring or the year after.  Those include Honeycrisp, Priscilla, Fameuse, Milo Gibson, Baldwin, Newtown Pippin, and others.  Some did well, others not.  Fun to read and think about during winter.

Comment by Loam Gnome on November 7, 2018 at 9:45am

Randy, I learned to do that years ago, when my neighbor collected them and kept them in her window sill for the winter.  They root easily in a glass of water.  I do change the water now and then so it's not too mucky, but other than that let them decide which ones and when to root.  Some people argue it's not the best method, but it works for me.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2018 at 7:27am

Daniel, I never thought about trying to root geranium cuttings. I'll put that on my "to do" list.

My garden is pretty much cleaned up. I still have to cut down asparagus growth. The only veggies left are kale and chard, plus a few sprigs of volunteer dill and lettuce.

As for the yard, I now have plenty of leaves and pine needles to collect. I'll compost them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2018 at 11:39pm

How true, "we are all migrants in some generation." 

Your sunroom, Loam, if you are talking about your home, provides a beautiful place for plants. I remember a photo you shared showing the rain hitting the sloped sun-roof and streaming down the windows, and looking out toward some evergreens. Just about as beautiful a sight as I've seen. It doesn't matter what you put your time and effort toward, your plants always look healthy and happy! You have a splendid variety of plants that you tend. 

We have to change our gardening style; our weakening bodies can't do as much as they once did. Giving up  tilling of soil, seeing weeds as plants that have value, except for those troublesome thistles, enjoying the natural flow of nature all make a difference. No longer do I have a weedless garden, I have a garden to sit and watch grow suits me just fine right now. Actually, that change in gardening took place for me in 2013. Thankfully, Cary took over the garden and the house from that year until his death. 

The greenhouse red pepper plant took a hit of frost. I squeezed in among the boxes to see how it survives; Frost had its way with it. 

Comment by Loam Gnome on November 6, 2018 at 8:47pm

Joan, like your family moving on from Tekoa, mine moved on from their midwestern town.   We are all migrants in some generation.

I dont think I can completely turn my back on growing plants in the winter.  I have windows and a sunroom, and a light set-up.  Plus the really frozen part if winter here is fairly short so I can turn over soil, prune, and possibly remove some dead or hazardous brush.  Carefully because Im not as tough or resilient as I used to be.

I brought in the geraniums.  They were in planters.  I had moved them under the eaves to dry out and go dormant.  Now they are in the garage, which does not freeze.  I took cuttings from the nicer ones that were inthe ground.  They go into water jars in the window.  Geraniums root so easily.  A few are the trailing type.  I wonder if they also root that way.  I love the smell of geranium leaves.  So mostalgic.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2018 at 4:31pm

Loam, that sounds like a wonderful idea. I am sure a community treasures items about early members. 

I live 51 minutes North in Newport from my former home in Spokane; my birthplace and family ancestors lived 60 minutes South in the town of Tekoa from my former home.

The fellow running for sheriff for Newport once worked in Tekoa, according to his resume. When I get a chance I'll ask him if the name Denoo means anything to him. That family line moved out of Tekoa in my generation and while there, two uncles were mayors of the town, both volunteered for the fire district, one was a lawyer and judge for Whitman Co, a cousin was a deputy sheriff. I wonder if the name lingers in the memories of present-day town officials. 

My mother's line has all left as well. 

Comment by Loam Gnome on November 6, 2018 at 10:32am

Sounds like good plans.  With so much to do, winter should pass quickly.

No more remodeling or updating for me.  My body can't handle it.  So this winter, I want to continue going through the last few boxes of photos and documents from my parents and ancestors, finish about all I can of the family tree on ancestry.com, and either box up the last of those items and store them, or find a home for them.  I contacted the historical society from my home town, and they will take a few items.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 6, 2018 at 7:28am

Ditto (from Joan) for me. I usually take a break from gardening (and golf). I signed up for a year's worth of "My Heritage" genealogy research. I have some holes to fill, plus I thought I'd do my children a favor and look into their mother's side of the family.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2018 at 3:55pm

I have a growing light and will start my seeds in March and April. In the meantime, I have a computer full of misfiled documents and photos scattered all over the place. That will be my major focus for the winter. I will try to put my photos into albums with names included. The photos of my parent's and grandparents and the extended family do not have names attached, so I will try to remember. 

I also intend to rejoin Ancestry.com and bring the family tree up to date. I have been notified by an alert cousin that I chose incorrect individual several generations back and so have a wrong image of that family line. I love it when people catch my errors and let me know. The scoundrel is the one who knows I made a mistake and does not tell me. 

Comment by Patricia on November 5, 2018 at 1:19pm

Rick usually works the model trains for winter.


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