Grant Schultz wrote:can you post some photos of the fruit trees of the Krameterhof? How do the species alternate along the row? Groundcover? Animal integration?
Miles Flansburg wrote:And is it true he grows citrus ?
Jen Shrock wrote:Does he plant the same cultivars at the top and the bottom and end up with staggered fruit harvest because of the effects in the elevation changes?
Ray Star wrote:based on Holzer designs, what would you say would be the zone difference one could plant for. Ect. using microclimate techniques, in a zone 5 area... what's the lowest I might be able to import and grow sustainably?
D. Young wrote:I don't suppose you could have a contest where we travel to see and learn from the Mighty Sepp in person? One can dream.
Zach Weiss wrote:For each cultivated variety they also had the wild type, which serves as both root stock and food for the wild animals. Josef said that the birds prefer the wild cherries, if he grows the wild varieties, and the cultivated side by side (using the wild-types as root stock) then the birds harvest the wild cherries and leave the cultivated varieties for him. Grafting onto wild root stocks is the only way they are able to grow many of the varieties they have. They grow pears for example, using mountain ash as the root stock. Because no one else can grow pears in the region, and their temperatures are so cold, they have no problem with fire-blight. This enables them to grow the varieties that were traditionally used for schnapps. These varieties are extremely rare nowadays, because they are so susceptible to fire-blight, and so they provide a good return.
Zach Weiss wrote:
But what about the winter, surely such long harsh winters would be too severe for a citrus to survive, and now Bananas and Figs?! Sepp's trick for this is to but some chicken wire around the plant and give it some room. He then fills the enclosure with leaves and straw, forming a thick layer of insulation. He over winters the plants outside with these techniques, then removes the "blanket" once it is warm enough in the spring. Josef is no longer growing citrus at the Krameterhof, as he does not share his father's taste for the exotic, preferring the native species of the region.
Is there any place with documentation of those fruit tree "blanket baskets" like diagrams or video..that's really interesting
Luke Vaillancourt wrote:Is there any place with documentation of those fruit tree "blanket baskets" like diagrams or video..that's really interesting
Zach Weiss wrote:They grow pears for example, using mountain ash as the root stock.