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Yamamoto Dendrobiums. 6.7.19
The misting should save at least half of my apricots.
I've never tried this before on anything I wanted to save, but I did do a test on the last of some tomatoes in the fall when the temperature got down to 20 F. They were covered with ice, but when it thawed, they were still alive.
Freezing temperatures were forecast for this morning and the next two mornings so I stared misting the apricot tree last evening and turned it off at 3:30.
It produced lots of big icicles on the tree and bent a lot of the branches down, but it doesn't look like there are any broken.
Several of the girls that live across the street have been gone for several days, so I hoped they wouldn't return for another 3 days, but they did and one of them parked by the tree. The breeze mostly went the opposite direction so only half of her windshield has ice on it.
It got down to 27 F this morning.
Impressive, Spud! My apricot trees didn't blossom this year for some reason. Not that it matters--I never get any apricots anyway.
I have "fruit sprayed" trees twice already.
I'll be looking for 2 new fruit trees to replace the two that died--pear and peach.
Your tree looks beautiful!
You can manage squirrels using several methods: Use a squirrel proof:
3. an alternative food supply
4. tree trunk wrap
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Spud, I enjoy your posts and look forward to reading them when I find them in my mail. Let's hope the late frosts don't kill your fruit.
How are you doing? What will you be planting this year?
My apricot tree looks to be full this year, if a frost doesn't get it.
I did put a hose up the tree with a mister on the end, but so far, I've not misted the tree when freezing was predicted because a neighbor always parks her van by the tree and I don't want to create a layer of ice all over her van. The two frosts a few weeks ago didn't damage the buds because they were still tight.
If a frost is predicted in the next few weeks, I'll probably mist the tree and hope the a breeze doesn't take it to her car.
The next thing to worry about is how to keep the squirrels from destroying all the fruit to get to the nuts. Perhaps a plastic screen over the whole tree with weights holding it to the ground.
"Nature demands a gift for everything that it gives, so what we have to keep doing, is returning [leaves & compost materials] back to the soil, then we're continuously giving the gifts to nature, because we have a return cycle."
The Forested Garden: What is a Food Forest?
One of the Homesteading families I enjoy watching grow! The kids take on jobs and chores with smiles of enthusiasm rarely found in modern families. Jonah, the eldest boy, earns money and buys his own electric tools. He has and takes care of tools as good as or better than his adult family members.
Northwest Missouri homesteading family have a break from winter. The hard daytime freezes ended for us, too, in NE WA State, and blue skies signal the arrival of Spring.
My garden remains untouched. But, I did plot it out on paper last night. I'm a month away from actual gardening. Getting antsy.
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