Weekend project

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  1. emetzger

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    Great screen tree and you can root them from cuttings. Also more disease resistant than Leyland Cypress.


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    Bees making comb in my top candy board. I have taken off feeders and rotated brood chambers. I had 2 out of 5 hives survive. Looking forward to honey.

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    I finally got some trees planted. My plan was to burn an area that was a cedar thicket then plant. It’s been so wet I haven’t been able to. I planted a mix bag of oaks and some walnut.
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    Extended the orchard and filled some gaps recently with a mixed bag of Yates, Ark blk, shell, Anna and Dozier crabs. Hope the Anna’s work out Merle H...

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    Here’s and update on what’s happening.
    1.Got some Yates, honey crisp and moon glow grafted. Tried using bees wax to seal cuts. Hot wax melted my rubber bands a few times. I think I prefer the tape and wood glue.
    2. Been turkey hunting a few times.
    3. Bought a Heseman farms drill from Collin, right off our deerhunter forum
    4.put out 3 more bee hives.
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    Queen cells being made. Time to split hive into nucs. Hopefully I will have a new laying queen in these smaller hives in 30 days.

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    Sheds, hives, turkeys, time with the kids!
    You look to be having quite the time!
    Are those specifically grafting bands?
    Richard Fayhey brags on them though I've never tried them.

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    Merle,
    I love that name and your song about the sidewalks of Chicago.

    Those are rubber bands. Not sure how these grafts are going to make out. I’ve been knee deep in bees. Got into my first swarm this week.

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    Holly,
    I’ve been told that when using rootmaker products you want to start them and begin air pruning at 4” which is ideal. Then transplant in bigger pots. With that being said, I’ve potted bare root apples in 2 gallons and they grew with good roots. I would have to say it would help create more roots which I have experienced.

    Here is a good read on them. I’ve used rootmaker 18 cell trays, 1 gallon pots , 2 gallon rootmaker porcupine pots and the rootmaker mesh bags.

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    Also, I will add that when planting rootmaker products in the field I now try to knock off as much potting mix off the roots as I can. In the past I have planted the entire media with the roots and it appears to make for a great home for voles.


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    Wrapped up my planting for the spring. I don’t think I’m going to plant another tree ever again... or at least until next Feb.

    These consist of root bound persimmon and some apple trees and gobbler sawtooth I have grown.

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    Update 5/14. Trees starting to pop.
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    I got my cover crop garden crimped and planted.

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    Also got out and planted some of my summer food plots.

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    Last fall I planted grain rye, vetch, peas, crimson and radish. The weed mat was pretty thick. When rolling or crimping the thicker the better.

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    Scrambled eggs this morning.
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    Still rolling through spring.

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    Last June I applied Dr Whitcomb’s recommended application of osmocote, lime and micronutrients around 2 of my sick apple trees. It looks like there still ticking. In the past they would have been dead if I didn’t try this.

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    Last time planting trees, lol. I felt that way too in april when I transplanted my 37 trees. It's a lot of work and for whatever odd reason stresses me out but 2 weeks later when they were all awake, I was happy as a lark and no planning next seasons ventures lol. :)
     
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    Buck,
    I’m right there with ya. Think I’m going to do pecan trees next year.

    Alway fittling with trees, I love them.

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    Thanks Lake!
    I like the sandbox for growing trees. Easy to do if you can keep the squirrels and munks out.

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