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Re: please check in - from Charlie Paradise
Yes, it does seem like quite a lot!
I'm also a plum person and today I tagged 22 plum trees to keep, andthe neighbor
came with his chain saw and we cut everything else big down. Later, he'll come
with a brush cutter, and we'll take everything else small down. I set 3 grafts
of a hybrid plum named ''sapa''. I haven't counted the cultivars, it might be
a dozen. A plum ''thicket'' is right word for it, better select now because in
summer a person can hardly walk in there.
I'm changing the approach on the website a little, to include more reports from
growers around New England. I'm also trying to get it to stop being a Nutgrower
website, for many reasons, including that most everyone grows fruit as well as
nuts if they do grow nuts. Plus I like delicious food whatever the source.
Let me know if I have permission to include some of your words as a report from
you to try on the website [subjects of course to your approval when mounted].
We haven't had any meeting this winter - my mother is 86 - I have big elder care
responsibility and she's been going through a hard time Dec, Jan, Feb and now
March, hopefully get on the right medication next week and get stronger. Till
then, I have to do a lot of care.
Ginda Fisher wrote:
> My strategy has been to try a few each of lots of small cheap plants,
> and see what works. Ordered roughly from oldest to most recent:
> Raspberries: Fall Red, my most successful planting. Also the oldest,
> at more than 4 years.
> Strawberries: assorted - I don't remember the cultivars.
> Currants: two or three feral reds, a Redstart, and some Crandalls - plus
> I ordered a Jonkeer Van Tets.
> Blueberries: some native wild ones that are non-productive - probably
> due to shade and water competition, one selected lowbush, 8 half-high
> (Northsky, Northblue, and St. Cloud), and one highbush (Rubel)
> Apple: a baby Jonathan on M111, also I had a lot of grafts of assorted
> apple cultivars on my two crab apples, but I think last summer's drought
> did in most of the ones on the tree that doesn't get runoff irrigation
> from the garden.
> Western Evergreen Huckleberries: Two survive from the several that a
> kind Nafexer shipped me last spring. My internet research indicates
> they don't transplant well, and my results support that. The ones that
> are still alive were among the smallest of the seedlings I got.
> Cornus Mas: Two small trees from One Green World. (tagged, but I forget
> the types)
> Bush Cherries: Two Prunus Fruticosa from St. Lawrence
> Aronia: One from the Arnold Arboretum plant sale, selected for foliage,
> not fruit, I fear.
> Some wild blackberries infected with a rust - not fruitful, but hard to
> get rid of.
> Some rhubarb (unknown cultivar, from my uncle's garden) that I put in
> last fall.
> And since you're a nut guy, maybe I should add that I have black,
> scarlet, and white oaks. Thus, not as much sun as I might want, but
> they do keep the house cool. I also put in about 3 tomatoes every
> summer, and have a potted Myers lemon tree.
> Dear me, that sounds like a lot. It's not, really. Almost everything
> is too young to bear.
> Ginda Fisher
> Charles Paradise wrote:
> > Ginda,
> > Didn't know you had red currants - what else did you already have planted?
> > Charlie
> > Ginda Fisher wrote:
> > > You mean new stuff, not what we're already growing?
> > >
> > > I was hoping to put in a black currant, but just discovered that even
> > > the white-pine-blister-rust immune ones are illegal. I'll probably try
> > > another red currant (Johnkeers Van Tet).
> > >
> > > I am replacing the everbearing strawberries in my garden with (1) June
> > > bearers in the garden and (2) everbearing in a pot. The strawberries do
> > > great. Lots of flowers, lots of little green fruits, lots of big white
> > > fruits, but never a red fruit. Something (chipmunks, I think) eats all
> > > the berries before they ripen. My hope is that if the whole crop ripens
> > > at once, there will be too many for the chipmunks to get them all. My
> > > backup is the pot, which I will cage somehow.
> > >
> > > (I also bought an apricot for a friend. Does that count?)
> > >
> > > Ginda Fisher
> > >
> > > Charles Paradise wrote:
> > > >
> > > > >From Charlie Paradise in Concord Massachusetts on March 6, 2002
> > > > Hi to the fruit and nut growers and gatherers in New England and nearby
> > > >
> > > > Can you please each send me a postcard or email with a few sentences
> > > > about what your growing or gathering projects are this year?
> > > >
> > > > Charlie Paradise