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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
A month ago I bought what appears to be a dying apple tree at Home Depot. So since it was at half price I bought it for $20.00? I can't remember exactly. So I used an earth digger to dig out a hole and afterwards dumped a whole bag of fertilizer into the hole and plopped the apple tree on top of the fertilizer. I did not mix the fertilizer with the dirt. Then covered the rest of the hole with plain dirt and said a few magic words.
Two weeks later, some buds appeared and then some days later this,
I am not sure what to make of this apple tree blooming in the mid-early Fall. But I am delighted the tree survived In the background are the plum and pear trees.
Wadda you guys think this strange behavior of my apple tree blooming in the Fall? The apple tree is Red Delicious.
It looks like the row of scrub trees, that I have been cleaning up, is Cascara. I thought they were Hawthornes, but now I think not. Cascara is interesting because the bark is used as a laxative, for hundreds (thousands?) of years, to this day.
My row of trees. One more leaner to remove if I'm in the mood for that.
Kathy, mine vole holes are typical for what these look like. We have lots of moles too, but they make huge mole hills. This year one of my fig trees died. It was about 1 1/2 inch diameter trunk, 5 feet tall. I had a hardware cloth screen around the base. Moles had gotten under the screen, and chewed through the entire trunk. It looked like a beaver chopped it down! I didn't like that fig much, anyway. I'm not certain, but I think voles are what eat all of my lily bulbs. Lilies grow fine in containers, but in the ground they disappear.
Randy, after you finish with possoms, you can come here and catch some deer :-) I saw the deer family a couple of properties over yesterday - there are five of them! So beautiful, but so destructive. How can five deer survive in this neighborhood? I suppose, entirely by eating people's gardens?
I dug up the bed that had sweet corn this summer, turned over the soil. Ordered some Russian or Polish garlic from Territorial Seeds, to plant. I want to plant the garlic there in a few days. Last winter I piled a lot of leaves on that bed and turned them over this Spring. The soil is very soft now. Yesterday I pruned lower branches from several orchard trees. The goal is to be able to remove fencing around at least some, so I can mow easily under them using riding mower next year. A lot less effort.
At the moment, everything hurts.
Patricia, I've seen some bananas in yards here. I think they leave them in the ground, too. Cannas survive some years, but mostly not. Gladiolas survive most years. I dug up a bunch of gladiolas yesterday. I will dry the bulbs and store them in the garage to plant in a different location next spring.
Joan, I enjoy hearing the frogs croaking and finding an occasional frog in some moist spot. Also get a kick out of garter snakes and praying mantises. Saw a mantis yesterday.
Spud, I hope your pipes didn't freeze. Your efforts remind me, I need to get some cement blocks to build a better cover over the well head. If I remember.
Kathy, you might simply google voles. I usually find only holes, but in my sweet potatoes, I had mounds.
Caught my 3rd possum. I know mothers have large litters, so I may trap another 9 or so!
We have banana trees here in BC. My brother in law has a business & they have spread out to many other businesses too. They do develop bananas but are not usable.
The trees have to be babied during the winter, & then my brother in law began making banana wrap ''coats''.
I think Randy's right about voles. They hollowed out a half dozen potatoes this year. Fortunately there were potatoes to spare, and Im still eating them every day, 5 months after harvesting them. On the other hand, last year I think slugs hollowed out a turnip.
Most of the apples are done. My trees are small, not a lot of apples and quite a few were bad. Yellow jackets get into a few, and hollow them out. It's startling to pick an apple and suddenly a bunch or yellow jackets are crawling on my hand.
Joan, my step counter is worn like a watch. It motivates me, and is rewarding to see how many steps I take, just doing gardening, chores, and projects.
Fire started now in wood stove. Coffee brewing.
I'm in Daniel's corner when it comes to sticking with non-controversial topics. I've dropped out of several groups for that reason. Unfortunately, some of the groups I still belong to are inactive except when I post something. I was going to comment in the "Diet and Exercise" group today, but noticed I had submitted the last 4 or so posts and didn't want to appear to "dominate". So, I refrained. Same with "Learners coffee" group.
Now, on with gardening!
Joan, it sounds as though you had a vole do damage to your sweet potato. That's what they do. I've had about 10% eaten, mostly from some time ago judging from the scabbing over of the potatoes. I put mole bait poison in the vole holes, hoping they would eat it. And, I think they did, because I haven't found any recent activity. Or, perhaps my owl caught them!
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