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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
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.
If it was me I would just cut it up for firewood and leave the roots in place. I'm not very neat.
Not trying to convince you of anything, but the Fedco link has the stories of many apple varieties. I've added about 10 of their historic varieties as grafts to my trees. This year I had my first taste of a few, like Sutton's beauty that they are not offering now, and Gravenstein. Next year if they bear, I can taste Granite Beauty, Baldwin, Newtown Pippin, Porter, and others. The Frostbite Apple is not offered as scion but is as tree - if I was going to add more trees, that is what I would choose. As it is, I have more than I will know what to do with if they all bear.
Thanks, Daniel. Good thoughts. Not sure why I chose a Red Delicious in the first place. I bought it on a whim, I guess, while visiting an orchard in South Hero on Lake Champlain. The rooted portion of the tree will be an obstacle, unless I can get a backhoe up here.
Don, that's sad. But, now you can plant a new tree!
I buy scion from Fedco in Maine. They have a lot of historic varieties especially suited to New England. Maybe this is a chance to plant a type that your great grandparents loved!
That oak is awesome! Especially with the snow.
Spud, I like both Bodaceous and Bilicious sweet corn. They are not too sweet and have a good corn flavor in my climate and soil.
I would be sad as well Don.
A pity, Don!
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