Chris Holcombe

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since Feb 22, 2011
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Portland - Zone 8b
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Anyone know what these tiny leaves are between the other leaves? Are they next years flower locations?
4 days ago
any idea how big a chestnut tree trunk is after say 30yrs? 
3 weeks ago
Yeah you're right.  I value the nuts more than the shade
3 weeks ago
I'm torn on what to do.  The tall shade trees have some major problems.  They have been dropping huge limbs over the years.  I'm fairly tempted to just cut them down, start fresh with chestnuts and take the heat gain hit for a few years. 
I'm still thinking about what you said Bryant.  I should be working with the system and under planting it instead of fighting it with a chainsaw but the long term benefits of having chestnuts is hard to walk away from.  I have a lot of fruit trees and nothing as far as nuts or starches go. 
3 weeks ago
I’m started to get short on space for my food forest and I’ve been thinking about replacing some shade trees with chestnuts. I’m thinking though that if I cut down the shade trees and immediately replace them it’ll be years before I get any shade back again. I’ve read some books suggesting you could underplant the existing trees and then cut them down when the new ones are tall enough. Something like what happens in a real forest. My question though is that while that sounds good, how do you remove the older trees without severely damaging the new chestnuts?
3 weeks ago
Wow that is impressive!  A month early is huge. 
1 month ago
haha I love it.  Yeah I'm growing mine in deep woodchips also.  The desert kings seem to love it.  The black spanish and latarulla not so much.  I'll try the things you mentioned here. 
1 month ago
I'll second what Chris said.  Black locust seedlings survive here in portland for the entire summer with zero rainfall and they don't even look phased.  A tiny top growth is supported by a massive root system.  They do also seem to coppice well.  I'll also add that autumn olives seem pretty drought resistant and they're a shrub. 
1 month ago
It’s that time again. Time to play the: will these figs ripen before the weather turns cold game 😄.  The black Spanish have been green rocks for quite awhile now. The heat seems to be slowing down and I’m wondering if these will make it.  What changes the speed of fruit ripening? Tree size, heat, ground moisture, all of the above? The only truly reliable fig in Portland seems to be my desert king which ripens a breba in august.
1 month ago
I bought this from fast-growing-trees.com if I remember right. My usual places like burnt ridge , raintree and one green world don’t stock this. I’ve heard of people getting the wrong plant before with ice cream. I’m thinking maybe a rajapuri or a dwarf cavendish might be better for this container I’m growing it in. I’m mostly growing it for the novelty. The thing that I’ve noticed about the leaves is that it was growing in the same pattern for almost 2yrs now and all of a sudden t changed. That’s why I was suspecting a flower but it’s too small for that unless my pot severely dwarfed it.
1 month ago