Paul Eusey wrote:
This gave me a huge laugh!!! You are absolutely right not to own a tractor. You are much better renting one for the very few times you might want one.
The exception is if you find a smallish old tractor for dirt cheep and want to tinker with converting it from diesel to run on vegetable oil (like a hobby that can serve a purpose). Most tractors are just a waste of storage space the majority of the time (granted they can do a lot of work when used, but it’s almost always cheaper and better to just rent one if you are not going to use it often).
So I hope you have lots and lots of fun messing with your friend regarding his desire for you to own a tractor. (You might even pretend to give into his persuasions from time to time, only to laugh at his momentary excitement... LOL!!! It’s evil, but it’s the fun kind).
I wish you the best Marty!!!
Purity Lopez wrote:
I have not witnessed that grafting makes the tree stronger, healthier or more long lived. Grafted trees rarely live 1/3 of the life span of a own rooted tree.
There is a man in the South, Tom Brown.....he has been on a mission to bring back the original apple trees. I think he has over a 100 now. A lot of the stock he ran across were 100+ year old apple trees. So that speaks to me in a big way. If I am going to do all this work, I want it to be as perfect, as close to what Nature intended, as can be.
The quest in the agricultural world in the development of fruit/nut trees has mainly been done so that produce is more ship-worthy. Anyone who has tasted a grocery store tomato knows how that worked out. Nurseries want to sell you trees over and over, they are not interested in selling you a tree that will last your lifetime and your children's lifetime.
Paul Eusey wrote:
Great job on that LSU purple Marty!
But then again, I love all figs, did I mention I love figs? LOL!!!
If you get good at some of those techniques then the world becomes your plant store and everything is almost free... And that is very cool.
If you haven’t already taken any college courses (ornamental horticulture, botany, plant science, etc), I highly recommend looking into them.
I also watch a lot of videos online. Even some of those guerilla gardners and tinkerers without formal training offer some very cool ideas and techniques. I have used some of them just because some are easy and deliver good results.
I also have several friends who are farmers...
Luther Burbank (the guy who developed the Santa Rosa plum and 800+ other plants/trees) died in 1926 and I don’t think dwarfing was in vogue during his reign as king of horticulture. So if your roots are good, then you should get a full sized tree.
Once you get into propagation and grafting, getting new plants and trees are practically free (and can become an additional revenue stream for many farmers). So it’s a hobby that can pay for itself and potentially help others. It also takes up a fraction of the space as evident by any nursery you visit.