Chris Holcombe

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since Feb 22, 2011
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Portland - Zone 8b
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According to wikipedia honey locust and black locust are in a different genus.  I wonder if they would be graft compatible?  Sounds like they might not be. 
1 week ago
Interesting.  Searching online for "Anny's summer red" turned up a pdf with some truly monster chestnuts: Interesting new chestnut cultivars  The trees looked mostly huge though
1 week ago
Wow thanks Peter! So it’s not as bad as I thought. Those all sound like excellent ideas.
2 weeks ago
@Chris interesting ideas on the access roads and drainage aspect.  Yeah I'll talk to someone at the department of making me sad and see what I find out.  The online documentation seems contradictory at best. 
2 weeks ago
I went and looked at a property recently that had a small stream running through it.  It also had some elevation change to it.  The place looked pretty dry.  It was near salem oregon so the summers there are probably longer and hotter than portland.  I said to the realtor this looks perfect.  I can build some swales and a pond higher up on the property and let it spill over into the seasonal creek.  She laughed and said no you can't do that.  Oregon owns all the rainfall.  It's illegal to build a pond and collect it without a permit.  I said ok how hard is getting a permit.  She said it's quite difficult.  The only way around it seems to be to build hard structures ( buildings, paved surfaces, etc) and collect rainwater off of that.  This seems crazy to me that the gov't owns the rainfall.  Is anyone else in oregon aware of workarounds for this?  I couldn't find any rules on say growing cattails, rice, water chestnuts, etc in the stream or what the rules are on letting livestock drink from the stream.  If the answer is no to all these things then the land is worthless.  Without water there's pretty much nothing I can do besides grow drought tolerant trees and dry farm them.  That's pretty risky. 
2 weeks ago
Ah yes the korean chestnut. Are they just as good as the chinese/european varieties? Seems like a good option for me
2 weeks ago
I suspect the answer is no but is anyone aware of a dwarf chestnut varieties besides the chinquapin? Like say a smallish Chinese hybrid variety? I don’t have a lot of room but I’d really like some chestnuts. I have maybe a 40 ft circle to plant them which is pretty tight. Hardly any websites list the size of their chestnut varieties which leads me to believe that they’re all huge. I haven’t seen any grafted on dwarfing rootstock like fruit trees.
2 weeks ago
Thanks everyone! Really appreciate the help 😎
3 weeks ago
Interesting. Maybe I’ll dig one up and see what the roots look like.😎
3 weeks ago
Anyone know what this is? It comes up every year and makes a flower that looks like a sunflower. Sunflowers are annuals though and this comes back in the exact same spot every year. It gets roughly 6-8ft tall and then flowers. It doesn't seem to spread either.
3 weeks ago