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Esther Platt

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Recent posts by Esther Platt

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.
11 months ago
Those all sound like good ideas. I've done about 2 dozen successful grafts of apples and plums, but no successful but grafts. Here is a thread I created with a question in that topic: https://permies.com/t/89228/apple-trees/Bud-Grafts-anatomy
11 months ago
I have a new idea about why it's not making much fruit: since it ripens about a month earlier than other people's trees, it probably also flowers earlier. Is there any way to find another tree for pollination that would flower at the same time?
11 months ago
I'm trying to understand the anatomy of bud grafting, but I can't find a full explanation in any book or website. If the tree's bark and cambium are lifted out (so that the only thing underneath is the actual wood), the tree's cambium would end up on the outside of the bud's bark. How are they supposed to match up and grow if the cambium of the bud cutting is only touching the tree's internal wood, not cambium? I haven't gotten any bud grafts to take.
11 months ago
I would be interested to hear how your fence is holding up a month later.
1 year ago
Thanks for your reply a year ago. I'm still trying to decide what to do.
1 year ago
I hope your project has been working well. Do you have an update?
1 year ago
I wonder whether I can cut back the main central trunk of my self-seeded cherry tree by a few feet. My purpose would be to keep the tree shorter, since it's now 15-20 feet tall.
1 year ago
I wonder whether I can cut back the main central trunk by a few feet. My purpose would be to keep the tree shorter, since it's now 15-20 feet tall.
1 year ago
For several years we have had an earwig infestation covering our whole yard, with the earwigs eating up brassicas, parsley, raspberries, etc.  Now it's way worse, maybe due to a few factors this year: don't have chickens anymore; no wild birds this year other than scrub jays; haven't watered lawn so they concentrate in the garden area. I never studied the soil solutions, but right now I'm trying to protect a bunch of my baby grafted trees (apples, plums, figs) from another night of damage.

Things I've tried:
Bowls of fermented/sweet liquid {catches hundreds, but doesn't keep them off the plants}
Spray solution of vinegar and dish soap {1 part vinegar to 3 parts water) (didn't even keep them off the leaves, and started to burn the leaves}
Diatomaceous earth sprinkled on most leaves {earwigs were crawling all over it and eating still}

Does anyone know of some other quick solution that works? A barrier to put around each small trunk?
Thanks for your insight!![/color]
1 year ago