Chip Bud Grafting

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What I am holding in my hand is greed bud wood.  New growth this year.  That particular handful is from our own tree Nell and I started from seed 11 years ago.

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This is a roll of Parafilm, which is commonly used when doing grafts, to hold the grafted wood together, and keep it from drying out.

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After having limited success bench grafting with a home made grafting knife (I modified a kitchen knife) I went onto Amazon and bought one.

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For all practical purposes, you cut a section of the tree trunk out on the seedling rootstock.

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Then you cut from  your bud stick, a bud and some of the surrounding wood, doing whatever you can to see to it that the size of cut is comparable on each piece.  You need to have the cadmium layer (the green slick parts) matching well enough that they are touching, and then wrap the whole thing up in parafilm.

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When you are done, it looks like this.  If the bud takes, the area will swell over the next couple of weeks and break the parafilm right off.

 

 

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I did this 105 times over the course of a couple of weeks.  20-45 at a time.  I really should not have done 45 in one day.  Working that close to the ground, crouched like that, puts way too much strain on joints that are fused together.

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105 is all of the rootstock seedlings I have at the Adickes farm combined with the 10 here at home I practiced on first.

Hoping to have 10 or more of each of the following:

Kleffman

Cortland

Karmijin de Sonneville

Haragold

Crabby Crisp

Haralson

Autumn Blush

Quinte

Honeycrisp

Kindercrisp

<shrug> we will see what my success rate is on these.

 

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There, And Back Again

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I have not been online much of late.  That is not a bad thing.  The world is a messed up place, and due to storms taking out internet connections, and our spending time in parts of the world without internet or cell phones anyway, we had several weeks, mostly bereft of the influences of internet, media, and constant cacophonous instant communication.  It was really nice.

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The fishing was fairly poor in a general way, being that usually we can count on catching a few bucket loads of large pike and bass, as well as limit after limit of panfish for fish fries for the whole extended family (15 people this trip) which ended up being 3 big meals, just of panfish.

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This is the type of fish that we caught enough of to put together large meals.

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Each evening we took the time to, we put together as many limits as we had people in the boat.  Hard to beat fresh crappies for a fish fry.  Made a great fish soup too.

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What there was a lot of, was blueberries.  Patti and I made three trips picking, and ended up with 8 quarts frozen to bring home, all we could eat while there (blueberry pancakes and fresh eating) and a container for Kim who runs the resort (Pine Beach, Side Lake Minnesota) because she had been too busy to pick her own.

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This last shot is of a plant called Ledum, known commonly as Labrador Tea.  Patti has taken to collecting it while we are up there for tea.  Apparently it was commonly used by Native Americans as a medicinal plant, Europeans then popularized it in colonial times as a substitute for black tea.  It really works as a pick-me-up, as Patti found, after having a few cups in the evening, and then finding herself unable to sleep until the next day.

I do not have photos of our time at the beach, and we did spend a lot of time there, but I spent it in the water for the most part, and our camera and water do not mix well.  So sorry, no photos of us jumping (well, kids jumping, found out my body does not work that way any more) on the water trapoline, swimming, and general play in the water.  We did not have the heat up there than there was down in the twin cities, and the nights did get down to the low 60s and high 50s, but the daytime would hit in the 80s, which meant we would live in the shade and the water.

So that was all we did.  Well, I also re-read the 5th book in the Game of Thrones series, and a biography of Hunter S Thompson.

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We came back to heat, weeds, garlic, and the first tomatoes and peppers.

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Just an example of how if you do not cut the scapes off, and they set bulbils, it does reduce the size of the garlic heads.  I do like having some bulbils though as they are a great way to increase the amount of seed garlic you have.

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Rumi Banjan and Joe Lauerer tomatoes both had a few ripe ones.

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We ate the Jimmy Nardello peppers this evening, stir fried with venison, onions, ginger, and lots of garlic, over rice.

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And that catches you up to where we are now.  I think.  I might have missed something in there, but we have not been up to our farm for a few weeks, and I won’t get back up there for another two weeks, at which time I will need to be doing T-bud grafting on apple tree seedlings.  Will be doing that down here as well.  I have a handful of seedlings trees here at home, as well as 95 at the Adickes farm in Buffalo.  Lots to do yet this year.  Fun to be eating fruits out of the garden again.

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Father’s Day

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We spent just an overnight, working only a bit, over Father’s day weekend on the farm.  Just another run of photos, and only for the first day and a half, as the battery went dead on the camera.

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The first two picture are just showing the fruit set on the two apple trees near the old homestead site.  The latter had good eating apples last year, while the first had no fruit on it at all, but I pruned it heavily while it was still dormant earlier this year, and it has a good set of fruit I hope hold until maturity.  We will see how they taste.  They have a reddish cast to them already.  The tree in the second picture also has a slight blush, but not as deep as the first.

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Patti and Nell got a hammock set up.

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Patti had an idea for a weather proof table that was cheap to put together and could be used as a food prep surface.  The solution was a $10 set of plastic saw horses, two $5 closet shelf pieces, and zip ties.  Worked great.  Might make a few more.

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I did more work with the weed wacker than anything else.  I made a path back to the main berry patch we had found the previous weekend.  IMG_8340 IMG_8341

Cleared out a bit around the plants hoping to encourage their spreading more.

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Some research on the internet when we got back told us these are not raspberries, but instead blackberries, which is fine, but surprised me a bit as blackberries cannot take the cold that raspberries can.  Indicative, I suppose, of how this truly is a solid zone 5 area even though it is well north of where I live now.

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Just a shot of one of the Mount Royal Plums leafing out nicely.

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And Patti walking up to where I am checking out the trees.

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Flowers that the kids gathered.

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Patti took the camera and went for a stomp around the property.  This is a shot on the north side, looking east out over the 10 acre field up there which will be a future project to work on, and for now is wildflowers and uneven ground.

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From the north side looking south.

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Far north west side, near the tree line, looking east again. IMG_8362

Patti found clumps of berry plants here and there.  Told me she found a dozen other patches.

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There is still water in the woods, and a wonderful chorus of frogs in the evening and night hours.

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North east corner looking southwest to the center.

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Same shot, just zoomed in on Nell a couple hundred yards away.

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This is back at the center of the property, with Phoebe running up the driveway.  One of the other projects I did, was to weed wack the whole thing down.  Does are hiding fawns in the tall grass.  Don’t need to roll one hiding as we drive in.

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Not a real clear night for stars, and not an in-focus picture, but a nice full moon through the windmill.

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Next morning Claire and were up early, and made a coffee run into Cornucopia.  Took a road called Sisquit Falls and found why it was called that.

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For whatever reason, violet making her grumpy cat face while relaxing in the hammock when Claire and I got back.

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Bacon and eggs on bagels for breakfast.  Lots of bacon.  After city prices, you go a little overboard with bacon only costing $2.50 a pound.  We ate over 3 pounds between us at a single meal.

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Kids enjoyed the hammock.  Don’t think it is rated for someone my size.

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Got to working on the hops.  Don’t have any photos of it all cleaned up (we got rid of all the weeds around the windmill) as the camera did not last until the end of the day.

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I tied all of the long pipes in securely.

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Then ran baling twine down to the plants.

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Bugs got to be a bit much for Claire and Violet so they retreated for a bit.

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And it also got hot.  And humid.  At noon we headed up to the lake and took a swimming break.

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And with that, the camera was dead.  Patti and I put in another 4 hours working on the property, and we headed home.  It was an interesting drive, running into a huge set of thunderstorms which accompanied us, and slowed us down.  We got home around midnight, I got to sleep a bit after 1 am, and then it was off to work this morning.  The storms broke the heat and we had a beautiful day here.  I replaced a few tomato plants in the yard I had lost to unknown causes, did some weeding, Patti put in a small brick patio, we had a nice venison stew loaded with fresh garlic scapes from the garden, and it is time to head to bed again, now that I have finished picking ticks off of the dog.  Not sure if we will make it up right away again this coming weekend.  But we will see.

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Working And Playing With Food

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Last night we made a trip to The Adickes Farm northwest of Buffalo.  Just me and all the kids.  Patti was not having any luck getting work done at home with a houseful of them, and I needed to get some work done in the garden up there.

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Phoebe had been begging to be up there for an overnight and time with Bella’s new horse, which is a retired show horse.  They had fun giving it a bath (It had rolled in the mud) and walking it through patches of clover.  Truly a hayburner.   Had no interest in anything except whatever it could put in its mouth that was growing out of the ground while I took photos of them with it.

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Younger kids were working industriously on a hole.

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Made a quick survey of the annual side of the gardens there.  I know I have to get into the grape vine cuttings I am rooting there, as well as the apple root stock, and get that all cleaned up, but time was limited.  The Baby Vi squash Patti and I planted last week was emerging.

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So was the row of pole beans we put in.  I had thought today we would get the trellis up, but with Patti needing to get paying work done and it just being me there, that simply did not happen.

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Jerid and Katrina zipped up to me in their farm vehicle, affectionately called The Gator, and had me come with them to see two new calves that had appeared since that morning.  This shot is just one of a chicken tractor back by where the cows are pastured.  New laying hens for the farm.

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When I took this shot Jerid told me not to go any closer.  Its mother was not thrilled about me being there.  I backed off a bit and assumed a lower position to the ground so as to not appear threatening.

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She calmed right down.

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The other mother did not seem to really care, but due to her array of armaments, I did not push it.

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The other one placed herself between me and her new baby which was new enough to not even be up and walking yet.

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Katrina though went and halved the distance I had been at.

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What is missing here, in those two shots of the white cow, is the in-between shot, when the cow gives a 3 foot false charge and Katrina, in her rush to back up, falls on her butt.  <grin>

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Suddenly every other cow and steer in the field wanted to come over to see what was going on.

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I just stayed where I was.

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Really found myself surrounded on all sides by curious bovines.

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Some wanted a scratch, some wanted to sniff, none of them were being protective of newborn calves.

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And that was the playing with food bit of my day.

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Back at the garden I weeded the potato hills.  Shot above is shot of a plant from a TPS seedling potato saved from last year.  They have, by far, the best emergence of all the types I planted.

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All of the sweet potato plants look good.

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The Victor Kucyk corn looks good.

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I worked out there until well into the dark.  Got this shot of the sunset.  Got out of the garden at close to 10 pm.  Just maintenance things.  Nothing more planted, though I want to.  But I need to not lose what I do have in to weeds.  Got home after 11 pm. got kids into bed, and then crashed out myself.

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Another Weekend On Our Farm

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So not going to do a lot of editing here.  Again.  Just going to talk through the photos from being up there again this last weekend.

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I did not plant any raspberries this spring.  Had planned to.  Had even ordered plants.  I sacrificed them for the sake of my body and thinking the trees were more important when I did not have time to do both trees and raspberry crowns.  Turns out we have a patch already on the property, flowering nicely.  We will still plant more, but nice to see we will have berries to harvest there, this year.

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We found them walking to the far northeastern side of the field to show Patti’s sister Cindy (who came along to see the property and camp out with us) what the view was like from the high point of the fields.

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On the walk back down I took this photo of the whole raspberry patch.  Maybe 25 feet long and ten feet deep.  Probably the last vestiges of what was part of a working farm decades ago.

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This is a black currant that was given to me by a friend which he had propagated by layering one of his own plants.  Currently planted in the high fenced area where the grafts I made this spring are sitting.

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This is one of my grafts of our apple tree Nell and I grew from seed a decade ago, on a standard Antonovka rootstock.

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And another, Antonovka again.  These trees should live over a century.

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Here is one grafted onto MM-111 root stock.  Will not get as large as the standards, but will produce a few years earlier, and still outlive me, though not likely to outlive my kids.

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This is a special tree.  It is the only one of the grafts to take from an old dead friend’s orchard.  I really did not know what I was doing, was one of my first attempts at grafting, but it is a Fireside apple, which was his favorite.  One of mine as well.  The orchardist Dave McGreggor is not fond of them for a variety of reasons, but I have a soft spot for them, especially as they are genetically half of the Kleffman apple Nell and I grew.

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Here is a Keepsake.  One of the McGreggor’s favorite apples.  Honestly, I have never eaten one fresh.  Have had a few that had been in cold storage all winter and they were fine then.  Looking forward to trying one fresh off of a tree.

 

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Just some shots of Pike looking cute.

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I started work on the hop trellis.

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Patti kept saying that I was going to fall and kill myself.  Didn’t happen.

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All I did was haul old well pipe up to fix baling twine to for the vines to climb.

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Of course I forgot baling twine, but will bring that up next time.

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This is an apple set on one of the ancient apple trees on the property.  No idea what kind of apples, but even if just a crab it is nice to see it set fruit.  Last year, without being pruned, it did not have any.

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Patti’s sister brought cheese.  And wine.

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This is Phoebe watching her mom and aunt Cindy after they have had a lot of cheese and wine.  It was a good time.

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Claire finally climbed as high up the windmill as you can.  That is a half moon in the background.

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Sunday morning, Violet is just cute, so had to snap the picture.

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We brought two more rolls of cement remesh.  Made 20 more cages.  That is 50 (hopefully) deer proof cages.

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Nell took the camera, perhaps to prevent me from taking more photographs of her.  It was nice that she just documented everyone and their surroundings.

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Patti figured this out for moving the cages.  Much easier than rolling them.

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There is one picture with Nell in it.  Phoebe took the shot.  I weed-whipped around every tree, shrub, and rhubarb crown.  Took a few tanks of gas, but was nice to get done.

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Just wanted to show how high we are starting the canopies on the trees to prevent deer damage when they are older.  We are stripping off all of the lower foliage, promoting branch growth at levels over what the deer can easily reach.IMG_8274

And that is what it looks like, weed-whipped and with a cage around it.

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The flags are just so that when the local farmer comes to hay things, he is not running into the cages which in twilight kind of fade from focus.

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We did get chased off of the property by a storm Sunday afternoon, but got everything packed up before it got wet.

What you cannot really see in the pictures, is that while the temperatures were in the mid 90s with high humidity down in the Twin Cities, where we were, the high temperature was 73, low at night was in the 50s, and it was heaven.  Well, maybe you can see the heaven.  No cooked asphalt and sewer smell.  No sound of cars, sirens, and airplanes.  The frogs sang all night.  Coyotes yipped, wolves howled, and whip-or-wills called to each other in the dusk.  I started missing it as soon as we pulled out of the driveway.

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Labor On Memorial Day

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We had planned on having 3 full days up at the farm.  Weather put a kibosh on those plans.  The trees we  had planted, as well as everything else, was getting watered, so we did not head up until Sunday afternoon, which meant that the drive, getting camp set up, getting firewood, and cooking dinner, used up most of the time we had there Sunday.   Monday was productive, but since the trip was as abbreviated as it was, there were some things not done.  IMG_8075

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The two apple trees on the property that appear to be more standard apple trees and not crabs are pretty much done flowering now.  Hopefully they have set good crops as I am curious to see how they taste.

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Windmill is still a climbing attraction for the kids.

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Day ended with the kids roasting marshmallows, and then, while Patti and Violet crashed out, me and the girls stayed up and watched the stars and talked.

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Monday morning started wet.  Not from rain.  Just heavy dew and high humidity.

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Nell and I made a coffee run, and when we got back everyone else was up and we got to making cages to protect the trees from deer.  450 feet of 60 inch high concrete remesh was turned into 30 cages.  Does not finish that project, but gets it well on its way.

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Yeah, a lot of photos, but I really dont feel like filtering and deleting them, so just going to have a long post here without a lot of typing.

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Just a cool spider shot.

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A lot of deer in the neighborhood.  This is about a mile from our property.

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This was on our property.  Right by the Antonovka apple trees.

 

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By 1 pm it was about 80 degrees and we were getting overheated so we headed up to the lake and we all went in the water.  About 45 degrees, but when you are hot, cold water is nice.

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When we got back, Patti and I worked at putting in a row on the far southern end of the property of apricot seedlings.  These are from our friend Renville Tom, and we have a lot of them.

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Things I did not get done:  No trellis built for the hops yet.  They are flopping on the ground.  I have wild plums ( 6 big pots ) that are not in yet.  Poppies.  regular garden plants.   I did get in a Russian Black Currant but forgot to take a picture of it.  And it is late, I have to get up for work and getting kids off to school in 5  hours, just drove 4 hours home, and I am going to bed.

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Sandpiper

Had to make a run up to Buffalo to grab 450 feet of remesh for making cages for trees up north.  Stopped in at the Addickes farm, and got to see a sandpiper who has a nest in the garden up there.  She is acclimated enough that their kids can touch her.  Not sure if that is a good thing or not.  She was not as accepting of me, but I got some good pics of her nest, and then her deciding I really was not a threat and her coming back to it.

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The Last 10 Days

 

I continue to be a delinquent as far as keeping not only things I am doing updated on the blog here, but getting the things I have in my mind, as things that need to be done, done.

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The Bluebell grapes here at home, of which I lost nearly the entire crop in one day to birds last year, as of last week, had emerging bud clusters and looked wonderfulIMG_8018

Guess I know this year to pick them the morning they are ripe, and not to wait until I am home from work that evening.

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In the realm of mass plantings I have had to modify, down, how much I am doing.  So far at the Adickes farm in Buffalo I have planted only a few things, and no seeds.  Simply have not had the time.  Shown above is one of 9 seed potatoes from a single TPS seedling grown last year from seed I got from Renville Tom.  Have not eaten one yet, but the impressive size for TPS grown potatoes, plus that at room temperature they stored since last fall with only minimal sprouting while retaining firmness has me really pleased on two different levels as far as permanent viability as a future food crop source.  8 of them went in the ground, 1 went back to Renville Tom.  They also grew in a relatively tight cluster in the ground immediately under the plant which is great for digging with minimal effort.  They are a part of a 130 foot row of potatoes I put in.  The only row I plan on doing this year.

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They have a hand raised young hen who is rather personable.IMG_8021 IMG_8022 IMG_8024

Another first for me this year is sweet potatoes.  Dont know the variety, but one that Renville Tom has been maintaining for years, and gave me 8 rooted slips to try.  Early to have these in the ground, but unlike last year, it appears we are going to have a good & hot summer and daytime temps are in the 70s and 80s.  They should do fine.IMG_8025

The cuttings I got From Great River Vineyard just went into the soil two weekends ago.  Also up at Buffalo.  These I had simply stored with the butt ends in water in mason jars above the sink.  About 80% of them leafed out or swelled buds, while the rest just ended up as dead sticks.  37 wine grape plants that will become a part of the vineyard we will start next year up north at our own farm.

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I honestly do not know if these are going to do better than the ones I just stuck directly in the ground without soaking in water first.

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But they do look pretty.

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Here at home the clematis is flowering beautifully.

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The Swenson Seedless grapes on the frame in the backyard look good, though of the three I had on there, one died this last winter.  No idea why, but the other two there, and the two in other places, all are showing good flower bud clusters.

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This is a Bluebell Grape that was a cutting that was packed in potting soil in a ziplock  bag in our crisper for two months before going into the ground.  One of about 50.

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This is a Swenson Seedless, that got the same treatment, and about the same number of those rooting as well.

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This is a DM 8521-1 wine grape cutting, of which I have 8, from Dave McGreggor himself.  Those spent no time packed in potting soil, and were placed directly in the ground.  If there is something to be learned from this, it is that it appears you get earlier leaf emergence if you do. It remains to be seen if they have better or poorer root development.

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The dozen Antonovka seedlings I stuck in the garden to do T-Bud grafting of my Kleffman & Cortland apple trees have all shot up to 2 feet tall already.  Probably 6 inches of new growth.  Looking forward to see if the 13 already placed in the orchard up north are showing similar growth.

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We do plan on getting up to the farm this weekend.  Weather (up there) has held us back a day as I do not relish camping wet with the family, but it will be limited planting, and cage building (deer protection) when we do get there.  Shown above is another gift from Renville Tom.  5 sections of root cuttings from his wild plums.

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Might be hard to tell, but that is about 50 seedling Manchurian Apricots from Renville as well.

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And last but not least, Renville’s favorite sand cherry, which I had thought had given up the ghost, but is now showing new leaves.  Might keep that home until later in the summer to make sure it is going to make it and is strong.

I have a bit over 50 tomato plants in the garden here.  Still a lot to get done.  Trying to keep my priorities as I have set them, straight with the rest of the demands on our lives.

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4th Weekend Of Tree Planting

Last big weekend this year of digging holesNot a lot of photos for various reasons.  One was we misplaced our camera.  So I did a weekend without it.  Then I bought another one, which was promptly stolen out of the car while parked in a parking lot while I purchased fencing.  Last reason is we are working too hard to take many pictures anyway.

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So for the last 3 weekends, I have just a few photos, and all from this last week.  Pic above is Nell finishing some pruning in one of the ancient apple trees on the property.  It appears to be some sort of standard apple tree, though we do not know the variety yet.  I thinned it out a lot, as far as I could reach from the ground, with a chainsaw and hand pruner.  The last part was not the wisest decision I have ever made.  Going through old hardwood with a hand pruner was a bit much for me apparently, as I found afterwards that the strain tore ligaments and tendons in my right wrist, which leaves me a one armed man for a while.

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We have been using a trailer to haul things up there, built on an old 1950s front end truck frame, which is nice since we can drive simply highway speed.  Lets us haul up bikes so the kids can explore the neighborhood.  Different than neighborhoods here, as up there, everyone has 40 or more acres, so everyone is at least a quarter mile away from everyone else.

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Kids are getting more daring climbing the windmill.  It is about 50 feet to the top, and Phoebe was the first to go all the way up.  Claire found her comfort level ended at about 30 feet, Nell kept at it until she was going up to the top on a regular basis.

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Every evening has been cozy campfires we cook over, which has been everything from baked pork roasts to fried fish.  Daytime the fire is kept going to burn the brush we have been clearing from the old homestead site.

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It is starting to get light just after 5 am and apparently that is when my body feels it is time for me to get up, start a fire, and get tea going.  Some mornings I am not the only person up that early, but most mornings it is just me, the grouse drumming, and wolf song.

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Pike  has been along every trip.  He even ran a wolf off of the field one morning which scared me a bit as there were more back in the trees, but he circled back when called and did not leave me burying a dog.  Have not had the wolves venture that close again yet.  Hope they don’t.

We have seen wolves, coyotes, foxes, porcupines, turkeys, deer, ruffed grouse and geese out there so far, along with lots of other various birds and small mammals.  No fisher or martins yet.  Nor bears, though we have seen their tracks.

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Did have a loose horse come to visit.  Do not want horses grazing down the 100+ apple and various fruit trees out there, so made a run down to the farm he came from to give him a heads up to come get it.

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Each weekend ends with us packing up and heading home, late usually, getting back down to the cities here close to midnight on Sundays.  This is the only picture, where in the background,  you can really see the sapling fruit trees.  Each is marked with another long cut sapling we plan to tie orange flag tape to so when the local farmer comes by to mow for hay, he does not cut down and bale  up the trees.

So, right now, about 100+ apples, 9 plums, 3 pears, 12 cherries, 4 apricots, 3 kinds of hops, and  50+ apricot seedlings yet to come.  I gave the raspberry crowns back as I cannot get up there for a few weeks.  Those bear quickly enough that I am not as concerned about getting those in as I was trees that take 5-6 years to truly start bearing (some longer).  I will have more of my own grafted trees to plant there next year as well.  Onward and upward.  The first year’s main tree planting is done.

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Implementation

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So last Friday, Pike, Nell and I headed up north to the property.

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We had the Expedition loaded to the gills with 100+ rhubarb crowns, 200 apple trees, and everything we thought we needed for camping.

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Original plan was for the whole family to be going, but due to factors beyond our control, things came up which necessitated Patti staying behind and needing help with Violet while she took care of other things.

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Things seldom go as planned.  I learned that a long time ago.  The weekend prior the property had received 18 inches of snow.  It had finished melting off the day prior to our arrival.  The ground was soaking wet and working with it was difficult.

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Nell and I did get 30 hills of rhubarb in, totaling about 70 crowns (depending on size) and about 60 apple trees.

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It was good to see the buds pushing on grafts I had made.   That means that for now, they have taken and I have a high percentage that were successful.

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We did some work on a campsite.  Primarily getting a fire pit in that would double as a cooking surface.  Involved hauling some rocks, which I was glad to find did not have any permanent detrimental effects on my back.  That big one on the right side had me wondering if I had injured myself, but no, things still work fine.

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This is the first camping I have done in nearly a decade.  Had missed it.  Was magical up there.  No wolves howling or yotes yipping this time, but grouse were having a competitive drum off around us all night, and was a lot of fun seeing hundreds of woodcock flying around the field at twilight.

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We did get 13 Antonovka apple trees in place where we hope they will grow to maturity.  They are not large, but will have to be individually caged for some years.  I do have a good number of older trees being delivered after this coming weekend and those will be larger, which is going to involve deeper holes and more work, but production on a shorter time frame.IMG_0071

Pike enjoyed two days of running himself silly.

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The weekend left me with 140 little trees I still needed to get into the ground for doing more grafting work on later.  Monday night I made a trip out to Buffalo Minnesota and Jerid and Katrina Adickes helped me get them into the ground on their farm.  Means the grafting work on those will be done down here and the trees moved up to our property at some later point.

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We finished those as it was getting dark and rain was starting to fall.

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Back home things have gotten nicely warm, so I started putting in tomato plants this week.

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Not tons yet, but 17 so far, being three varieties.  Rumi Banjan, Terhune, and Lauerer.IMG_0081

Last night as I finished putting some in, the moon rose and I was able to get a good shot of it.IMG_0083

So that is the last 7 days.  I will be back up on the property this weekend.  Mostly to do chainsaw work and camp with Claire.  I am tired, and from looking at the photos I am pretty convinced it is because over the winter I got fat.  Hoping that how much we have to get done gets me back into shape.

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