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Old 6 October 2019, 06:40
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Yeah, we still to old time hog killings around here in the fall. Stuff like that is few and far between these days.
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Old 6 October 2019, 08:21
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Apples are in season around here, tons of orchards, that and cranberries. I eat both daily. I bought Ma and Pa two apple trees, aspen trees, a grapevine, and several other choice trees for their acreage and they managed to kill off most of em! Hard working , great gardeners, but they sucked with trees! I need to figure out how to salvage the one apple tree!
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Old 6 October 2019, 08:38
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Apples are in season around here, tons of orchards, that and cranberries. I eat both daily. I bought Ma and Pa two apple trees, aspen trees, a grapevine, and several other choice trees for their acreage and they managed to kill off most of em! Hard working , great gardeners, but they sucked with trees! I need to figure out how to salvage the one apple tree!
We have had mixed success with trees. My wife bought me an orchard (8 trees) for my birthday 3 years back, this was the first year we had fruit. One is doing really well, one bore fruit, but was kind a small and the rest are still sticks with leaves. It may not be as easy as it looks.
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Old 6 October 2019, 09:48
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I struggle with fruit trees also. Had a nice peach going and it just died. Have a cherry starting to bear some. Hard part is keeping the deer out of em.
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Old 7 October 2019, 06:03
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Last fall, Pa's last, he picked a bumper crop of cherries. Both those trees died this past spring. In my folks defense , they planted all the fruit trees, grapevine, strawberries, asparagus, etc in a small garden plot( for convenience sake) , kept it tilled and then planted these white pine saplings around the plot, and keep them all trimmed. I suspect all the trees and plants competing for nutrients and water in a small area , coupled with possibly compromising surface roots by tilling has led to their demise! One important thing I failed to mention is that the moles are bad here, especially with all the rain . I believe they compromise roots systems by burrowing around the root ball looking for grubs and worms.
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Old 7 October 2019, 08:26
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Everything eats the fruit trees around here, and I kill everything that eats the fruit trees....Hillbilly circle of life.
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Old 7 October 2019, 08:47
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Fruit trees down here have thorns, I have enough holes.
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Old 7 October 2019, 10:32
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I struggle with fruit trees also. Had a nice peach going and it just died. Have a cherry starting to bear some. Hard part is keeping the deer out of em.
I have enough horse fence and alfalfa in my hay fields to keep the deer out of the yard. I also have very few trees / no natural cover or concealment near the orchard.
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Old 7 October 2019, 21:07
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Sweet Tater Harvest. The vines are the sweet potato plants in a raised bed.
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Old 7 October 2019, 22:07
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Holly smokes. I'm going to add those next year!
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Old 8 October 2019, 06:19
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I like that raised bed idea. Wood does not last long around here, not even the treated stuff, and Ma won't let me pour her some concrete beds! I reckon I could find something recyclable and weather resistant in a scrap yard. Sweet potatoes are the shit , too! Love em!
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Old 8 October 2019, 14:20
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They are made of cedar, so they should be pretty hardy.
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Old 8 October 2019, 16:13
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Those are some big ass sweet potatoes. Nice grow.
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Old 9 October 2019, 08:50
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We store them in cotton web bags in the basement. We just had some from last years crop for dinner the other day.
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