Planted a few hundred tree seeds in the old ranch road and covered them with a protective layer of brush. I've had some success simply tossing seeds into brush piles but I think they will have a better chance if I actually plant them in the soil.
I'm way behind on updates. I hope I can get more up next weekend, but here's one of last week's projects, grafting an apple in the kitchen garden. This is an Enterprise apple that wasn't doing much except surviving (it was the only survivor of four) so I decided to use it to practice grafting. I top grafted it with itself, then added Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Goldrush and Akane side veneer grafts. If even a couple of these grafts make it I will be thrilled.
I never succeeded at grafting, but haven't tried it much either. I hope you succeed.
I found texas persimmons at a local nursery so i picked up a couple. They are very different than the fuji and other persimmons. Leaf is different. Fuji seems single trunk, texas seems like multi trunked bush.
Your pics are similar to my project. Im planting on a steep slope that borders the perimeter fence. A new sheep paddock will make this area a tree belt. Fenced off from sheep and cows. I was stoked to see several wild blackberry(dewberry) on the slope. I planted texas persimmons and scattered branches around it for deer protection like you did. I then mulched the area wirh woodchips.
I found a native nursery in leander and am working a list of other trees i can plant on the rocky slope. Im hoping soapberry(i planted some of yours and hope they sprout)and mexican plum may work.
Low Water Garden. Pits filled with organic material and topped with clay soil sifted 50-50 with leaf mould. Planted Mountain Pima Cristalino de Chihuahua and Lofthouse Harmony Grain corn this past week. Each pit received 5 gallons of rain water.
No sign of life in the grafts but I think some of the extra sticks may be growing in a pot (I forgot to label them so they may be something else). It may have just not been the right time of year to graft them, who knows.
Finally got my Bluegill for the aquaponics setup. They seem to be doing fine, eating Red Wigglers with enthusiasm! Here's a screengrab from some under water footage that my husband took of them this morning:
Very productive week so far. I planted a Persian Mulberry (purchased), two Figs (grown from cuttings), three Moringa (grown from seed), and seeds of Mayo Kama and Lofthouse Smallest Fruited Moschata Squash, Tohono O'odham and Lofthouse Tepary Beans, Matt's Wild Cherry Tomato, and Hopi Red Watermelon. Also started working on the Banana circle for my 4 new Banana pups.
I thought all my Apple grafts had failed, but it looks like at least two and possibly three or more have made it - Goldrush and Honeycrisp. I didn't get a good photo of the sprouting sticks, but here's a bad one:
The Hybrid Bluegill in my aquaponics system are becoming tame and rush into the feeding area whenever they see a human approach. These Bluegill are bred to be sport fish, so they are very feisty and strike dramatically at the food. I'm feeding them mostly Red Wigglers, with some Pillbugs, BSF larvae and kitchen scraps like grated cheese, bread, and small bits of leftover cooked chicken. We call them our pet Piranhas because they are so eager for food. Growing fast and seem very healthy.
I planted approximately 50 Bur Oak acorns in the "Oak Area" to honor Notre Dame Cathedral. Acorns were stratified in damp sand in the fridge for a month until they germinated. Here is one showing the tiny radicle sprouting:
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