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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
For me, Crataegus phaenopyrum: Washington Hawthorn was my choice because I saw them In Ireland used as hedgerows. They were pruned by vehicles hitting the brittle branches forming a formal looking hedge. The trees were in full bloom, white, filled with bees, and a subtle fragrance.
When I returned home, I planted one near my canopied deck over the garage. The autumn color was stunningly beautiful, pure copper/red. It had horrid thorns, three inches long and they broke the skin without breaking from the limb. A painful tree to prune.
The tree snapped at a crotch that I should have pruned to a single trunk while young to remove the vulnerability. Scott, the man who does my pruning, bolted the broken branch back in place, but it did not survive. Cary cut the tree down leaving a trunk about five feet tall that I used as a bird feeding station. I put a five feet diameter wire fence around it to protect birds from cats while feeding on the ground.
Larry and Old Baldy (me) beside the bird feeding station. I neglected my garden during my 2013 dance with cancer. My hair came back and so did I.
Chris, it's confusing. Or at least, I am confused. The European Hawthorne Crataegus monogyna is considered an invasive species that crowds out other trees and replaces indigenous species. The trees in my thicket have weak trunks, Many have fallen over and there is a lot of dead wood. The branches break off easily, and the trees grow together in a thicket that you cant enter to remove the Himalayan blackberries. The blackberies are also invasive, grow up to 5 meters high full of thorns, and crowd out everything else. The berries are delicious. Both have lots of flowers that the honeybees and native bees like, so they do have a role.
Where I am confused is what I thought was European Hawthorne might actually be the native Douglas Hawthorne Crataegus douglasii . I am often wrong about things.
Either way, I'm leaving the healthy, sturdy trees, but removing the broken off branches, fallen over trees, weak trees, and lowest branches that are too crowded. I'm leaving many of them in place, if they look healthy. We have a wood burning stove, so the removed trees will be used for heating.
They are not huge trees. Trunks as big around as my arm.
What's wrong with hawthorn, Daniel? It could be a beautiful border of your ravine.
Sounds like a lot of garden clean-up going on. I'm on the bandwagon, too. I stasrted to hack down raspberry canes, but then read it shouldn't be done 'til late winter, early spring. Oops.
Time to mow down the asparagus, remove tomato cages, and level out the potato and squash mounds. I'll leave broc. and Br. sprouts for another month or so. Kale and collards, too. If it's a mild winter, they may survive well into the new year.
Daniel, I'm enjoying my persimmons. Wish you were here!
Daniel, Thanks for the list of apples you are "partial to". Your list adds to my "Seek, Taste, and Find ones I like" file.
Daniel, I don't know what kind of apple tree Laura and Larry planted and they do not have the tag. The only apples that appeared looked and tasted like Granny Smith apples.
It is about 1:30 PM and I just came in from the greenhouse where my oldest great-grandson, 16 year old Jacob, and my youngest great-grandson, 7 year old Noah looked for new vegetables. We found three green beans about the size of a long eyelash, and a couple more zucchini growing into vegetables. We sampled leaves of cabbage, celery, radishes, lettuces, onions, beets. The boys liked the different flavors and seem enthusiastic about fresh salads. We eat leaves as fast as they grow, leaving little energy for the root crops upon which to grow.
Randy, will sweet potatoes grow in straw so that you can dig thm by hand? Also do you grow them in mounds? Sweet potatoes haven't done well for me in the past and I suspect it is the cold nights. I used to grow them successfully in Texas; that was more than 40 years ago and I can't remember if I grew them in straw or if I mounded them. I grow white potatoes, I don't have to dig them.
Spud, do you successfully grow sweet potatoes? I am glad to learn you are making a van computer friendly. I like your plan for mulching some potatoes in the ground. Keep us posted on how it works for you.
Daniel, have you tried goats in clearing the brambles? Is your county noxious weed czar willing to work with you on making the ravine and creek wetlands into a more friendly and usable zone? My cousin had problems with his wetlands along the Priest River and had to abandon a plan to make it more migratory bird friendly. He lives right on the migratory route and have flocks of geese and other fowl every spring and autumn. Even the Sandpoint bird club liked his plans. He planned to stabilize the quiet water ponds that occur along the river.
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