Chris Holcombe

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since Feb 22, 2011
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There’s a good book that covers this by Martin Crawford called how to grow your own nuts.
1 day ago
I was reading up recently on growing black huckleberries and they prefer ( require ?) buried wood that the roots can grow into. Since they’re closely related to high bush blueberries I would think that your buried birch idea would be really welcomed by them!
1 week ago
I’ve started fig cuttings if that counts 😁
1 week ago
I planted Korean giant, chojuro and seuri. I tasted hosui at the home orchard society this fall and that’s another really good asian pear.  Same complex sweet crisp butterscotch flavor. My daughter had a meltdown over not being able to eat the rest haha. They’re that good! My trees are going into their 3rd season so they’re young still. I got 2 small chojuros this past fall and they were quite good. I have high hopes the others are just as good. I might graft a hosui just for the heck of it onto my bartlett tree.
2 weeks ago
Yeah you have to try the russet asian pears! They’re crisp, juicy and have a sweet butterscotch flavor in the skin. They’re amazing!
2 weeks ago
I tried onions and garlic in the chips. They grew but they weren’t super happy and made tiny bulbs. Since it’s been a year and I now have broken down chips the plants should do much better. My plan next spring is to sweep the chips aside making a trench and then sweeping them back into place once plants get going. The chips take awhile to get going but they make beautiful soil.
3 weeks ago
Yeah wickson is very sweet but also has a high acid content. It’s good. My daughter ate the ones I purchased down to the core. It’s hard to describe the others. Newtown pippin has an interesting perfume to it and golden gem has a bit of a nutty taste to it I’ve heard. I remember newtown pippin having an excellent aftertaste.
3 weeks ago
I would say my favorites are wickson, newtown pippin, and golden gem. I grafted all of them and should have the first home grown ones next year.
4 weeks ago
Great ideas everyone! I had a mobile sawmill come visit to cut up the biggest sections of the main trunk. I’d upload pictures from my iphone but the attach button doesn’t seem to be working.
4 weeks ago