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Old 02-26-2013, 04:35 PM   #161
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Mother nature at its worst......Its been raining more often than not. Walking in the yard is like walking on a sponge thats been soaking in water. The worst of the worst comes out in plant diseases.....My onion crop will most likely fail......Its time for the rain to stop.........The weather is like a yo yo.......
I'm sorry, Wills. I hate when things like that happen. I hope it dries up soon and the garden does well.
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Pruned my Dad's Espaliered Bosc pear today (with my son). Dad had let it get a little too far out of control- he had a tendency to prune too lightly anyhow, so we really put the shears to it. Anyhow,here are the before and after pics. (*also did a Sekel pear, aGolden Delicious apple, a Cherry of unknown type (probably Bing) and a Satsuma plum. If you wantpics of those I can provide them too)
That reminds me. I have to get pictures of "those trees growing flat intertwined with a fence" in the next town over. I forgot what you called that.
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It would seem one persons curse is another persons blessing ! I'm in need of water badly or drill deeper..!

Good luck and yes , finally , I'll be back at the garden this spring.!

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That reminds me. I have to get pictures of "those trees growing flat intertwined with a fence" in the next town over. I forgot what you called that.

That would be neat to see those pics, especially before they break buds. The word is French and pronounced es-pal-yay (Espalier)
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That would be neat to see those pics, especially before they break buds. The word is French and pronounced es-pal-yay (Espalier)
Okay. I'll get out there soon. They are beautiful and interesting at all times of the year. Pretty when it's just the naked branches, beautiful when they are fully leafed out, breathtaking when they are highly covered in Christmas lights in the winter. I have no idea what kind of trees they are. I can't remember if I've ever seen them in flower. They are not much more than 8-9 feet tall, it seems, as I drive past. And they have been intertwined with that fence for the majority of the 26 years I've lived in this area.
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Thanks to global warming my japan plum tree has produced two crops of fruit. Thanks to the constant rain, the tree rats and the birds, the first crop is ruined........Fingers crossed............

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Thanks to global warming my japan plum tree has produced two crops of fruit. Thanks to the constant rain, the tree rats and the birds, the first crop is ruined........Fingers crossed............
Is that a Satsuma plum? Those are great!
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Lol....... No, Japan plum........Grown here all over the south.......Eaten right off the tree like a native persimon.....Most go to waste, the birds and squirrels eat them, and O possums........If you got the time to harvest and peel they make a good cobler........And the old timers make wine......
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Just got done doing some work on the potted fig I planted for my mom (pics back a few posts). Since it is on a small second floor deck the space is limited, so I am going to espalier it. This is my first attempt at starting espalier from scratch, but it seems pretty straightforward. The idea is to build a scaffold of branches on a single vertical plane so the plant can grow against a wall or fence without intruding too much into the space outside of that vertical plane. So here is my start. The one pic is from the backside where you can see more of the tree (which is still quite small at this point) and the other is from the front which is where I am working from. In a few weeks I may change over the bamboo that I am using for the support scaffold to the backside but I need to get the basic shape started now.


Drat! The camera memory chip is not cooperating. I'll get the pics uploaded as soon as I can figure out that problem.

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Damn...More snow here in St.Louis....I;m wanting my fresh tomato's ....I got the egg's coming-in from the chickens but I need to get a garden-in and have fresh tomato's...

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