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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
Spud, I was looking through earlief comments, and I think you asked if I mind sometimes going off topic. Sorry I didnt respond at the time. I don't mind if discussions go off topic.
One thing I always hope for is that talking about gardening, or other loved activities, can bring people together. So I am hopinc there wont be divisiveness or judgements. But it doesnt all have to be specifically in the garden.
Daniel, your Persimmon is so pretty, I would grow it for the color.
Your orchard must be a beautiful sight in the spring, summer, autumn, and winter!
American persimmon is done producing fruit this year, next up is the hybrid Asian+American Persimmon, developed in Ukraine, Nikita's Gift. Almost ripe. Brilliant fall color. Unripe, they are astringent with a mouthfeel lije eating talc. When they ripen to the consistency of an overripe tomato, the tannins vanish and they are like apricots drenched in honey and sweet spices. Brilliant fall color, as a bonus.
Thomas, that sounds reasonable to me. Deer poop would be fine as fertilizer. Probably better than cow, no chemicals of antibiotics in diet. Dogs love eating animal poops. Mine often has his nose in mole hills snooping for poop.
Kathy, I had things like that happen too, when I started out? I thought the root ball should not be disturbed. I was wrong.
I wonder if the sour smell had something to do with deer poop. We have deer in our yard just about every day early mornings and evenings around 4 am and 5-6 p.m. The deer traverse to and from the lake along our stream and often stop in our yard to nibble on the sweet grass and drop poop. So when I rake up grass clippings I also rake in the deer poops. Our two small dogs go crazy in the deer poops as if it were perfume. The dogs stinks horribly! It takes a couple of shampoos and rinses to remove the stench.
Thats a pretty big hole you dug... big enough for a duck pond. You could get a kio pond going quite easily....
Thomas, I agree with Kathy that having wonderful earthy smelling earth is favorable. Even so, I don't think you hurt anything, and you returned the minerals and decomposed vegetative matter to the soil, so I think it will still make your garden grow better. Grass clippings rot fast, unless it's midsummer in a dry climate. Some people do swear by "compost tea" which maybe is what you made?
I make compost piles with whatever is available - plant clippings, grass clippings, leaves, vegetable matter from the kitchen.
Yesterday, I dug up a fig tree that I planted in 2001. It was a slower growing variety, and very bushy, but still about 8 feet tall, spread about 8 feet, and trunk as thick as my arm. Fig trees are very resilient, but this is pushing it - might not survive. Could not keep it in this spot, and I do want to keep it. Didn't mean to do it in one afternoon. Lost track of time. After, I felt sick, wanted to roll over and die LOL. This am, after some coffee, feeling better. Now get it into the pickup, haul to its new home, and re-plant. Fall is a good time for that. Can't believe I dug it up. The hole was about 5 feet in diameter and 3 feet deep, and I cut some big roots. If it doesn't survive, I do have a start from a branch that had touched the soil and grew roots.
Last month I was doing final work of raking up some grass and put a large pile of it in the wheel barrow. I forgot about after a beer break. The wheel barrow sat outside in the rain and sun for about two weeks. When it came to getting the wheel barrow again there was awful smell and looking inside the bin the grass turned into swamp. The grass decomposed completely in the water and it was black gold. I dumped it in the flower garden and tilled it into the soil. I have not seen the results yet and have to wait until Spring.
So it seems like a good idea to do this again and wondered if anyone had similar experience with this, mixing grass with water and let it sit for a couple of weeks.
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