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Re: [nafex] care of new graft-lings
Geese are good weeders, which might be what he meant. They also deposit
copious amounts of fertilizer - we had some that had to go before we got
hurt when they made the driveway slippery from poop.
Grapes, writing, consulting, more, plus word on my grape book at
>Subject: [nafex] care of new graft-lings
>Date: Wed, May 2, 2001, 10:25 AM
>Yesterday I saw the results of an Amish expert's grafting and care of
>year old graft-lings and I wonder what I'm doing wrong. His trees
>are 5-6' tall, well branched and were dug last fall, kept in cold
>storage and potted a month ago. My trees grafted in Mar 2000 from the
>same collection of scions, to similar rootstock- m7- callused for
>about a month and planted in a drip irrigated nursery, fertilized with
>manure tea several times last summer now range from 18 - 36" high and
>are half of his caliper. When I asked him his secret he said he
>watered them several times a week and "had I seen the goose up in the
>orchard? " When I asked what he meant he avoided my question.
>Shall I buy some geese or does someone have any other ideas on what
>I'm missing in developing similar trees.
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