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Greg B Smith

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The trees are starting to take off! They have doubled in size this year.  The only ones still growing slowing is the persimmons. The figs are fruiting like crazy.  
2 years ago
I got the broadforks in and started working on the garden today.  The meadow creatures forks are Beast.  A friend and i ordered one each of the 14 and 16 inch forks.  

You guys were right. The clay under the compost was breaking down.   The first 4 to 5 inches of clay was really crumbly and not nearly as sticky as when I started this project.  Most of the roots and small stump have broken down also.  All that is left is the big stumps under the compost.

Due to the clay starting to break down i used 1000 lbs of gypsum and 150 lbs of lime per 1500 ft. I can always add more gyp if needed.  

Next time we fork it should be easy.  Here are a few pics.  

2 years ago

You are correct, they are deeper than 2". The uppermost roots are 2" deep at the most. I was trying to say the crowns were not below grade.

 I will try the Epsom salt and will add lime and gypsum also. Thanks for the help.
3 years ago
I am looking for evergreen fruit trees.  

Zone 8 Central Mississippi.  I want to use them to obscure the view of an area and grow a border around our garden and orchard.  

I currently have a fruiting variety of elaeagnus and also several loquat trees I started from seeds and cuttings.

We are just above the line were citrus does well so if citrus it must be hardy.

Suggestions appreciated.
3 years ago
Looks workable to me.  I like it.
3 years ago
I should clarity a bit.  The trees are All planted in pure compost 14" Above the clay soil line. I used the mulch and logs to level the ground around the trees.  Think 14" raised bed with the trees planted to the crown level but not buried.  The deepest root I could find are 2" below grade so the most they would too deep is 2 inches.  
3 years ago
Mine hide in plain sight.  
3 years ago
I saw where someone ask about fruit flies in a fruit storage post.  Here are some traps I made this past summer that are crazy effective.  After placing these traps in our kitchen and bathroom(they bred in our bathroom sink) All fruit flies were gone in 48 hours.

What makes these so effective is the mesh funnel.  It allows the smell of the bait,  in this case apple cider vinegar diluted 50%, to easily loft into the room.  The mesh also encourages them to travel down inside the jar.  The vinegar pickles the flies so there is no dead smell.  They are easy to clean also.  

We leave fruit and veggies out on our counter and the fruit flies prefer the traps to the real thing.  

You will need a 1 gallon paper/mesh paint strainer (from the paint store) , wide mouth mason jar with ring,  a hot glue gun,  and very sharp knife/razor blade and scissors.  

Set the strainer in the ring.  While holding it snugly, hot glue it to the ring from the bottom and allow to cool. Using the knife or razor,  cut the strainer flush with the top of the ring.  Snip the tip of the strainer making it into a funnel.  Place a cup or so of diluted apple cider vinegar into the jar and screw the lid/ funnel on.  

The smell Will draw them to it so it can be placed out of sight of you wish. I left it next to the fruit till the were under control.  

3 years ago
I have some loquat trees started from both seeds and cuttings. I will give them a try.  

So far I haven't had vole problems.  We feed about 10 stray cats so mice and other critters are in deep chimche when they enter here.  It is ridiculous thouh the numbers of deer we have.  They are a problem but I hate fencing.
3 years ago
Now the questions.  With the figs I planted lots of other fruit tree types like  apples, pears, plums, persimmons, mulberry, and quince.  They are not doing nearly as well as the figs.  The deer pressure is heavy on them but even with that they haven't put on much growth.  Their bases went from pencil size to 3/4" which I guess is ok.  Their height did not change much but that Could Have been due to the deer.  They never looked really healthy like the figs.

So what would you do? Replace them with more figs?  Amend the soil?  Leave them be another year?  Are there other fruit trees that do well in deep litter?

3 years ago