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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2015 at 7:53am

I thought about eating some of my asparagus in the best patch, but it's still rather on the thin side, so I decided leave it be, so it can gather strength.  It would only have made half a serving anyway.  None of the 4 patches in different parts of the garden are doing well at all.  

The strawberry plants all have flowers, and are looking healthy.  I'm going to prune back the raspberries and blackberries to give them more room.

I had hail yesterday, I worried, but it did almost no damage.  I loved hail when I was young and not worried about the damage it might do to my garden.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 4, 2015 at 7:28am

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"!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2015 at 12:18pm

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.  

Comment by Randall Smith on May 3, 2015 at 8:27am

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!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 11:23am

It looked like the people that raised my Apricot did some pruning of the roots.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 11:21am

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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2015 at 10:46am

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

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2015 at 10:12am

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. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 2, 2015 at 10:04am

Whoa Spud!  Did you use backhoe to dig hole?  :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 9:19am

I don't know how to turn this picture of my Apricot:

 

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