Esther Platt

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since Jul 29, 2012
Oregon Zone 8b
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Thanks for your help. I'll follow up soon if we want to do that. Otherwise, this thread will probably be useful to other people who are looking into private groups.
"Millennials Trying to Farm" (3.5 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LbJEcS4GyM
1 week ago
Hello,
I read about "Managing a private forum..." https://permies.com/wiki/64607/Managing-private-forum-permies

I would like to find instructions for creating a private forum. I went to "Private Forums" https://permies.com/c/22   and clicked "new topic," which didn't work.

I'm seeing if permies.com is a usable platform for my local group, as our current online platform (Yahoo groups) is about to shut down. Therefore, we would be using it on an ongoing basis, and our members would need to be able to freely create new threads within the private group.

Does anyone know anything further?  Thanks.
I have a nectarine tree that someone grew from seed, apparently a reliable variety. It got eaten by deer a few times, resulting in growing in a bushy form, currently 4 feet tall. Does anyone have any experience growing fruit trees as a bush (with many main branches coming out of the main trunk about 1 foot up), or should I just cut away all but one of the main trunks?
2 months ago
I created a thread about winter dieback and delayed spring growth, in case any of you have any thoughts to share https://permies.com/t/139425/Figs-Winter-dieback-delayed-Spring
6 months ago
I created a thread about figs' winter dieback and delayed spring growth, in case any of you have any thoughts to share https://permies.com/t/139425/Figs-Winter-dieback-delayed-Spring
6 months ago
I'm creating a thread about winter dieback and delayed spring growth, in case any of you have any thoughts to share https://permies.com/t/139425/Figs-Winter-dieback-delayed-Spring
7 months ago
We have some fig trees that have been in the ground for a few years (around 2 feet tall). We covered them with a sheet when it was below freezing most of the time, but not always. The coldest temperatures were around 24 degrees. Each spring, around 6 inches of top growth dies. Most strangely though, the parts that are still alive take a month longer to start growing leaves than our figs still in pots. (It has been very warm for a month now, and the potted ones have full leaves, whereas the ones in the ground only have their tiny baby fig buds). It takes them so long to start growing each year that they hardly make any yearly progress in their size.

Why do the fig trees in the ground die back more, and why are they so delayed in growing each spring compared to the potted ones?  The potted ones have been against the house.

How did large mature trees in my area first get established? I grew my trees from cuttings of those.
7 months ago
Thanks for your analysis and suggestions, John. I think you might be forgetting that I would have thrown hundreds of cherry pits there myself! So the seed could have been from anywhere. I will prune it and find a compatible tree to pollinate. Bryant, I think it did make some more cherries than last year.
2 years ago