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Re: [nafex] (unknown)

>From: zapala@hotmail.com
>To: nafex@egroups.com
>Subject: [nafex] (unknown)
>Date: Sun, Jul 16, 2000, 5:27 PM

>This has been a disastrous year for horticultural activities here in 
>northeastern Vermont.  Records for rainfall were set in April and 
>May, and nights were cold.  There was very little sun.  As a result, 
>there was very little pollination. Most of my 100 or so apple trees 
>are fruitless and, the few that do have fruit, are of such poor 
>quality that spraying at this point is of little value.  
>Because of the excess rain in April and May, I was unable to attend 
>to orchard activities - grass went unmowed, for example.  I just 
>couldn't get out there - and I wanted to clear grass from around the 
>base of the trees to fertilize them, but couldn't get to that either.
>The poor growing conditions extended to all other areas - I had to 
>plant some veggie seeds twice (they rotted in the ground the first 
>time), tomato plants are big and healthy but don't bear much fruit, 
>cukes and squashes are slow growing, etc., etc.  We have had no warm 
>nights to date either.
>One thing the rain did was to make trees and other vegetation really 
>grow by leaps and bounds - everything is lush and verdant.  
>In addition to the foregoing, the deer have been especially voracious 
>this year.  They practically destroyed about 20 apples trees I 
>planted in the lower orchard last spring ('99).  They were Hazens and 
>Sweet 16s and Hayer.  All that's left are some bare branches at the 
>top of the central leader which is intact on all of them. It's all 
>very discouraging.  Of course, what is needed is a bullet - but deer 
>are nocturnal and I don't feel like hunting at 3 AM!  Otherwise, 
>someone's suggestion of a board fence is the other alternative.  But 
>they are really ugly and I hesitate to go that route.  And it's 
>expensive too.  
>Another year is coming.  
>Armando Bona
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