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Aaron Festa

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since Sep 15, 2012
Connecticut
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In late winter I attempted my first grafts.  The rootstock was Bud 9 and Northern spy scion.  I kept them stored in the garage using wet sawdust until I could plant in the spring.  I'm getting ready to plant now so I checked one of the grafts and it looks like the grafts didn't heal.  They were supposed to be whip/tongue grafts but I only managed to do a splice graft (first timer but I practiced).  Plus the rootstock and scion weren't comparable thickness.  So I'm wondering whether I should still plant the rootstocks even though the grafts didn't work, let the rootstock have a leader and then graft onto it down the road.  Or not plant and retry next spring with hopes of having better success with the grafts?  I buried one of the rootstock to propagate for future use.  I guess either way would be okay I'm just discouraged at this point and wondering if I have better options.  Thanks
1 month ago
Snowberry seems like a great possibility.  Thank you.  The flower looking like a monster comment was that a mistype or being funny?
3 years ago
Thanks everyone.  I agree the first shrub like plant looks like something in the pea family.  we mostly get black locust but I know it's not that.  The leaves are thick and almost fuzzy (almost mullein texture). Locust are thin and smooth.  (It's not something I planted). The third pic that's the plant at full maturity.  If I remember from last year.  It's gone by mid summer.  I like that it pops up so I'm hoping to identify.  
3 years ago
Looking for help to id two plants.  First appears to be a shrub.  The leaves are somewhat course.  The second is some flowering plant.  I have a small stand of them near my apple tree
3 years ago
YouTube wranglestar pocket knife videos.  I keep one because of him.  Saves you so many trips when you have knife handy
4 years ago
Im interested in what others say but I heard conflicting reports regarding buckwheat.  They are in the Polygonaceae family and I remember Frank Cook saying that everything in this family is either edible or medicinal but nothing poisonous.  So my tendency would rely on his word.  I guess moderation is the key to everything and luckily everything has a season.
4 years ago
Cool stuff.  I've seen some of your videos on YouTube before including the one where you hand dug a pond.  But I was wondering if you could explain building that micro pond in this garden.  I would like to incorporate some of these in my space.  Thanks, Aaron
4 years ago
Thanks for the responses.  Dandelion, chicory, dock- I guess I can't go wrong.  But appears I'll need to wait and see if it flowers to ultimately know for sure.  Thanks again
4 years ago
Hi,  Trying to decide whether to keep these in a perennial garden.  Kinda eliminated dandelion and chicory from the possibilities but not 100% on that.  Leaves foot long or more and no flowering yet.  If anyone has suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.  Thanks, Aaron
4 years ago
Awesome stuff Akiva.  Thanks for sharing the videos
4 years ago