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Orchard Care

Discussion in 'Gardening On Your Homestead' started by Beekissed, May 26, 2017.

  1. May 29, 2017
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    Reading all this I'm thinking placing a hive in or near the orchard may be beneficial to the bees, trees and homesteader. If practical and doable of course. Not everyone can keep bees, but if possible, it could be wonderful?
     
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    Britesea

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    oh, absolutely! We can't because DH is very allergic to beestings; that's why we encourage the wild bees which tend to be very docile.
     
  3. May 30, 2017
    Beekissed

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    Took a few pics of some of the apple trees today....not sure if you can make out the little apples, but they have a good crop of them on there this year. This is about the time the squirrels start stealing them...but, no squirrels. Gots cats now. :D

    This may just be the first year in over 20 yrs we actually get to taste a ripened apple off one of our trees.
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    sumi

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    There is a good crop coming there! Some apple trees are at the top of my list for when I start planting my "one day" orchard. And I'm going to stick to the older not-fancy varieties.
     
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    Figs are starting to ripen! YAY!
     
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    Man! I gotta get some trees!
     
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    Good to hear about the wine caps. I bought some spawn a few weeks ago, and did a spot in my garden, under the bean trellis, as well as 2 spots in the orchard. I put the spawn close to the tree line at the far edge of the orchard so it would have some shade. I'm hoping the Wine Caps spread throughout the orchard. I'm a bit discouraged b/c almost all of my pole bean seed rotted in the ground. I'm hoping that the Wine Cap is not to blame. Any experience using Wine Cap in the garden around seeds that you are trying to germinate?

    I love your pruning method. Will have to get me a cat!
     
  9. Jun 12, 2017
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    The only time I've had seeds like beans rot instead of germinating as if there's extended rain or if it is too cool. Beans like heat. If it's too cool or too wet they'll rot before they sprout. The mushrooms have not made any noticeable difference. Except in my harvest, which is noticeably larger.
     
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    Lazy Gardener

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    I replanted the beans, and see some signs of germination today. We've had horrid wet and cold weather until just recently. Even covered with poly to hold in the heat, those poor beans just turned to rotten paste! I hate to plant new ones in the same spot, but really didn't have much choice in the matter. It's been in the 80's to 95 for the past 5 days or so, so those beans had better perform. Just to be safe, I'm going to plant a Tee-Pee of them elsewhere, but it's really getting too late to plant them if I don't do so this week. The season has gotten away from me, so there will be no corn this year, and only some butternut squash.
     

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