James Landreth wrote:I have a couple of perry pear trees in Washington (still young). From what I understand, and I'm no expert, you're supposed to use mostly sweet pears and a small percentage of perry pears, otherwise it comes out kind of gross. I have no idea if that's true. I was told a similar thing about cider apples. I've got two hendre huffcaps and plan on more, to preserve the genetics.
I'm coming out to Wisconsin to work on some small food forests in Ashland. I won't have much transportation but if either of you are around let me know! I'll be going to The Draw as well, to buy plants
James Landreth wrote:I'll be there May 9th until the 14th. I fly into and out of Minneapolis with my partner. Hopefully we'll be able to get together :) I was told to come in May for planting trees at the site I'm working on, because the ground will be guaranteed thawed. I'm not sure if it matters that much or if that's a little late to be planting.
Mike Jay wrote:One idea to add would be to use a stick as the wick. Maybe birch or poplar that is fairly punky already. It would have to be pretty punky though to act as a wick and let tree roots get into it... Maybe not a good idea after all....
James Landreth wrote:I bury wood near or under my trees to hold water and create a fungal environment. So the stick as a wick might be a great bet. The cotton might too. I know people here buy coconut fiber for water retention.
James Landreth wrote:It sounds like a really good start, Cécile! I'm not sure how well oak will break down but it's worth trying if you have so much of it. My hugels heat up early, especially if I add manure and compost tea (when there's not snow)
Also, I read something interesting about highbush cranberries. Apparently, there are different kinds, some of which (from Eurasia) are nasty and have naturalized in the US and are sometimes sold here. I wonder if yours are these, do
you think that could be the case? I'm hoping the named varieties I've planted will be decent.
Mike Jay wrote:I've heard you can tell the difference by the leaves. I have some highbush cranberries and a foraging expert warned me of the same thing. When I told him my plant's leaves looked like a dinosaur foot (three toes), he said I had the native one.
James Landreth wrote:Mine have that same shape, Mike.
Cécile, are you talking about Yellowhorn nut trees? They're supposed to be good in that area, or at least cold hardy enough. I might plant them in Wisconsin. The nuts are supposed to be delicious. They're described as a bitter macademia, so I imagine that they're to a macademia as a walnut is to a pecan, if that makes sense. Beautiful blossoms too