Sally Munoz

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The other issues mentioned here are certainly possible too though, depending on your location. So many variables growing food!
3 months ago
Same with mine this year, nothing. It bloomed amazingly but no baby fruits at all. I've read that some fruit trees produce every other year if not thinned because the tree is overworked one year and then takes a break the next. I didn't think we had too many last year but it was a decent crop and I did not thin so it's likely that's the cause. We have lots of other plum trees so it's getting cross pollinated and it was a nice mild winter and spring so no late frosts. I'm inclined to believe the every other year theory for some varieties if not hand thinned. Our old homestead plums produce every year but do their own thinning (we call it the June drop). I do know some of these newer varieties (and by new, I mean last hundred years or so) don't self thin well enough or at all. I read that was the case with apples, specifically Fuji, really needing hand thinning. This was from Michael Phillips,
who I believe to be very knowledgeable on the subject.
I'd be willing to bet we need to thin our Santa Rosas.
3 months ago
Wish the picture did the rainbow more justice, 'twas  a lovely moment.
6 months ago
Thank you William,
It is a delicate situation.  
I purchased her first book many years ago, purchased every one since, had the pleasure of seeing her teach and meeting her after class, and have grown many wonderful meals from her seeds.
I never had an order go unfilled but would totally write it off if I had.
Bless her heart, I was hoping she was okay and couldn't find anything online.
Thanks for your answer.
Curious if there are any updates on Carol?
Her websites appear to be hacked and I'm wondering if there's any news?

Michael Journey wrote:You're in SW WA.  It would be fairly simple and relatively inexpensive to purchase a bare root replacement tree from one of the local nurseries down there such as Raintree or Burnt Ridge.

It was my Burnt Ridge order on it's way that really got me thinking about who gets to stay. ;)
I've got other apple trees that are perfectly happy and I saw an ad for $10 apple trees nearby so probably not the best use of my time to do too much for this one.
8 months ago

J Grouwstra wrote:Grafting the branches onto a new stem is also possible, although I've never done grafting myself.

Yes, that's it!! I have done a little grafting, need more practice, and this poor little tree is not really growing, just stagnant so I knew something had to be done. The spot it's in is clearly too damp but I hated to give up on a tree.
Now it will have a new life grafted onto a healthy apple tree and if my practice grafts don't take, nothing really lost.
You guys are great, thank you so much!!
8 months ago
I've got a young apple tree that has damage to the trunk. It hasn't looked very healthy the last couple of years and I'm thinking it's a lost cause. What do you think?
8 months ago
I love the fall colors too. In addition to some of my favorites already mentioned here are persimmon, hosta and thimbleberry. Growing behind the hostas is monkshood; toxic apparently but takes no maintenance from me (no supplementary water during our PNW summer droughts!) and is so pretty in mid Oct when a lot of other flowers are done. Other late flowers are aster and sunchokes. Not foliage, but nice to have color when a lot of the garden is turning brown.
8 months ago