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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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Old 7 November 2019, 20:44
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Between the Alaska trip, the steer and the canning, I predict I make it to spring.
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Old 8 November 2019, 21:12
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Very nice. I'll post mine after my elk hunt in December. Still eating out of the garden even after it hit 6 degrees in October. Think a lot of it will shut down soon just because of the length of day though.

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Old 22 November 2019, 15:22
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Getting ready to can taters. Have this many more already dried. My friend Alan Bacon is coming over tonight and we're going to drink beer and peel taters like two old ladies.
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Old 22 November 2019, 21:16
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I always wanted to try that trick with a drill on taters and apples!
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Old 23 November 2019, 12:32
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Did about half my taters, ended up with 56 pints.
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Old 24 November 2019, 10:40
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I am ashamed to say, while letting our crop of sweet taters cure, they froze and are now mush. We lost the whole crop. Lesson learned I guess.
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