Roy Hinkley

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since Jan 22, 2011
S. Ontario Canada
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Alex, hi.
If this is anywhere near Guelph maybe we should have a chat .... might want to get involved.
1 day ago
See if you can find a smoke bomb that will fit down a hole. Fire it up and plug the hole. See where else it comes out
2 days ago
Apologies Donna.
Why don't we say we're going to call them 5 Star Apples?
Yes I'm trying to graft them but the mother tree is overgrown, doesn't produce the best shoots.
Its also in a bit of a hollow and gets hit by late spring freezes - common in this area due to the altitude in the Grey Highlands.  This is the third year in a row I see no fruit.
I might try some pruning to encourage some shoot growth.

I did get a number of grafts to take.  Tiny ones, barely bigger than a match.
A couple on an apple and a couple more on a hawthorn.

3 days ago

J Argyle wrote:

Roy Hinkley wrote:Here is the mulberry story. Got them at the same place.   I've planted them a bit farther north than their native range as things warm up, hopefully starting an isolated population.
http://puslinchnaturallynativetrees.ca/the-plight-of-the-red-mulberry/



Where are you growing the mulberry trees? Never Mind. You have your location on your profile. Is this your first year? Wondering if they have been through a cold winter?



Last winter was particularly harsh. One is surviving nicely, the other looks dead but we'll see.

Also have a Kentucky Coffee tree from the same place ... thought it died too but looks pretty healthy now.
1 week ago
Here is the mulberry story. Got them at the same place.   I've planted them a bit farther north than their native range as things warm up, hopefully starting an isolated population.
http://puslinchnaturallynativetrees.ca/the-plight-of-the-red-mulberry/
2 weeks ago
Red Mulberry is endangered here. Planted a couple last year.
2 weeks ago
Its been a very hot year.   The latest snow I can remember.. 3rd week April and then right in to summer heat that hasn't let up.. No real spring to speak of.
I've used the very softest puffiest paint or erm makeup brush on hand to pollinate.
1 month ago
First I would toss some of your seed on the water and see if and for how long it floats. They might be fine with that.

It would be very simple to drive a 3/4 in pipe into the ground,  screw a tee on the top and have equal length arms off the tee. One for the feeder and the other for a counterweight. Depending on the length of the arms you could rotate it to a different place each time or even hang it over the water.
Instead of a chicken tractor you could have a duck carousel.
1 month ago
I'm sure the ducks would be even happier if the seed fell in shallow water rather than on land.
2 months ago
The strapping is a kind of spring steel, ideal for this already. A bandsaw blade is the same kind of material, not a hacksaw.
2 months ago