Hello, I would like to enter the drawing to win Joseph's book. I also want to ask Joseph, have you tried planting things in a less orderly way, Masanobu Fukuoka style? If so, I'd like to hear your thoughts on how it worked, or didn't, work. :)
Joseph, what can you tell me about the Purple Heritage Plum? Is it free stone? I love Stanleys because of the ease of putting up large amounts of food into storage, i.e. drying is easy, canning is easy etc. But i have lost 3-4 trees over the years to sun scald. I have transplanted some similar, seed grown varieties, from a neighbor and they have a silvery bark which i think will help reflect and not allow sun scald. I am in Cache valley too so i am looking to how you have solved these problems. Thanks. And if you have any of your nut and fruit tree landraces available.
The thing about heritage trees, is that they are often older than the memory of anyone now living. They have survived the drought years, and many decades of cold frigid winters. And bugs. And neglect. And critters. And blights. Whatever. Offspring tend to strongly resemble their parents and grandparents. Therefore planting seeds from them often gives great new varieties of trees, that also have what it takes to survive local conditions.
Swapping propagules of nuts and trees tends to be highly seasonal.