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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
So far, only asparagus and chives have made it from the garden to my dinner plate. But many other "early birds" are taking shape. Yesterday, I planted corn, more onions, tomatoes (15 plants!), carrots and parsnips. I'm pretty sure we'll have no more frosts, although the last date is May 15. It sure is fun to finally be "playing in the dirt"!
The Harcot Apricot is self-fertile.
Wikipedia says "A dry climate is good for fruit maturation.". That could be part of your problem. It looks like you get 4 inches of rain per month in the spring and summer. I get 1 inch in the spring and 0.7 inch in summer. I had another apricot for several years that produced every year until it died, probably because I planted it too deep.
Your 30 year-old trees may also be at the end of their fruiting lives.
Spud, you don't need two trees to cross pollinate? Not that it matters. I've had two apricot trees for 30 years, and they've produced fruits only once--and they were wormy!
It looked like the people that raised my Apricot did some pruning of the roots.
Joan, I didn't get too aggressive with the side roots because they didn't appear to be circling. They went down. I did loosen them, and cut a few. Hopefully, I did enough.
Barbara, you appear to have learned in your first year what many never earn. I am so pleased to read of your activities. I grew up with a father and two grandmothers who raised all our vegetables, canned and dried, so we ate from the garden all year long. That was a fertile upbringing.
Spud, you did the right thing to cut off the mass of roots at the bottom. Cutting long slices down the sides would prevent the tree from "the circle of death" or become strangled as it develops.
"Do the roots in your pots go round and round?"
Planting Rootbound Shrubs
I use FoxFarm potting soil that I get from a local feed, seed, and hay store; I am sure most good garden supply stores have this product. Right now, I am using their seed starter soil
FoxFarm FX14053 12-Quart Ocean Forest Organic Potting Soil
who raised all our vegetables
I agree with Spud. Either heavily mulched or grow a cover crop.
Plant a Fall Cover Crop to Improve Your Garden Soil
Daniel uses white clover, I think; correct me if I am wrong, Daniel.
Whoa Spud! Did you use backhoe to dig hole? :)
I don't know how to turn this picture of my Apricot:
I've finally got over my winter laziness. I spent the last week preparing the soil in the area between the sidewalk and road and planting a Harcot Apricot tree.
I decided to buy the best looking one at the new nursery. It cost $100. Hope it's worth it.
It had a large matt of roots on the bottom, so I trimmed one-half inch off before planting.
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