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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
That sounds good, Kathy, large yards in quiet neighbourhoods! I enjoy the countryside enormously but I think I´d feel lost after so many years in apartments.
Kathy, that's interesting about the persimmons in KY. I've read there are two subspecies of American persimmon, one with 60 chromosomes and one with 90 chromosomes. I suspect the 90s are a 1/2 replication of the 60s. They do not cross pollinate or hybridize. The Asian persimmons are also 90s, and those do hybridize with the American 90s. I THINK the northern ones are the 90s. Yours might be 60s. That's my wild guess.
I think small towns might work for me if people were less repressive to people like me. I was a small town / farm boy. Cities are too much hustle and bustle. But I do love my 2 acres.
A permaculture orchard in Quebec.
At one point he says "honey locust" where I think he means "honey locust" as a nitrogen fixing tree. I planted clover for nitrogen. He's about 10 times as ambitious as I am. It's fun to look at.
Randy, I know what it's like hauling dirt in wheelbarrows! I've hauled dozens of loads. One load at a time, and it's eventually done!
That sounds about like I would do. I can't seem to avoid planting trees. Here are some big tree types that I planted in the past 5 years -
Multiple Ginkgo biloba trees, grown from seeds
Multiple Leyland Cypress at near property line.
And next, those chestnuts.
I think that's about all of the big trees that I'm going to plant, but I've said that before. It does not include the orchard, which is about 40 fruit trees. Also, I don't know how big the persimmons will get, whether they count as big trees or not. They might.
Have you thought about the apple and plum varieties? Do you have others to provide pollen?
Thanks, all, for the suggestions on what to do with my "bare patch". A greenhouse would be nice, but my kids have 6 of them with all the winter greens I need. The shed in the picture is my wood shed (I built). It used to be the site of a hen house, but I have never wanted animals--chickens or goats, etc.
I'm thinking trees, perhaps 4 of them--fruit and nut. You've got me thinking chestnut. I need a new apple tree and a plum. I don't have an English walnut either.
I've already hauled 30 wheelbarrow loads of dirt with about 10 more to go, I think. I'm getting the dirt from a huge berm mound across the road. It can't be mowed and is/was an eyesore.
Kathy Ive seen that happen with black walnuts and with hazelnuts. I think chestnuts are even more perishable.
I ordered the trees. It may take the nursery a few weeks to send them.
Spud, I wonder if the chestnuts that you tried were just not fresh enough? from what I read, now is too late in the season to get fresh ones. Maybe they are like other foods, grocery store versions are not nearly as good as fresh out of a farm or garden. That is pure speculation on my part, I really don't know. There are also many varieties, and not all have the same flavor.
Since you guys got me on a chestnut buzz, here is an article about the demise of the vast forests of American... Sad, and parallels the demise of Elms. The good side of the story is, there are new varieties and hybrids that resist the blight, and there seems to be a resurgence of interest in growing them. Maybe some human-guided evolution will give us new forests of chestnut. They will need to tolerate changing climate as well, a wildcard that will need the incredible diversity of evolution, human-guided and random, for forests to thrive.
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