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BillSmith

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That's twice Mike wavered. Third time he finds it charming?

Thanks for taking my playful jab in the spirit taken. OK, not THAT kind of thrust!

Find the same observational joy looking at an athletic field prepped to play. Awaiting the potential of a great game. Dew-laden grass, manicured to suit, squared bases, fresh chalk, scoreboard showing zeroes...

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That's twice Mike wavered. Third time he finds it charming?

Thanks for taking my playful jab in the spirit taken. OK, not THAT kind of thrust!

Find the same observational joy looking at an athletic field prepped to play. Awaiting the potential of a great game. Dew-laden grass, manicured to suit, squared bases, fresh chalk, scoreboard showing zeroes...


OK Kevin Costner, I get that thrill from a fresh field too.  Only, that's man-made.

And, there won't be a third time.  😉

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What a PITA - have to cover the peaches, nectarines, and blueberries the next few nights - then again next week.  Was almost 80 degrees two weeks ago, and everything bloomed out.  mid to upper 20's the next few nights, then again one night next week could be a killer to those flowers.

Hope they all come through OK.

Tomorrow I've got lots of grafts to do for frankenapple, with more coming next week.  After next week, I'll have about 15 varieties on this tree.  I think that will do it for now.
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We got hammered by the snow, ice and a prolonged freezing spell this January. Plants that normally can take it got whacked pretty hard. I had to cut everything way back, but everything is coming back. We are done with the freezing for the year based on the live oaks, but the pecans haven’t actually budded yet so we will see.

If you are into commodities, make note that a lot of Texas didn’t get in a corn crop, and lots of farmers are planting cotton, and some soybeans. Every time I think we are having a bad year for corn, somehow the corn belt has a bumper crop, so beware.

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Whelp, added 4 more varieties to the tree today.  I have 4 more coming in next week to add.  After that, I should be finished for awhile.

Of the 12 varieties, one is unknown, 7 are heritage Georgia inventions, 1 is the oldest American variety (fave of Washington and Jefferson), and a couple others I wanted to try that are old south heritage varieties from NC and TN.

Oh yeah - and Honeycrisp.  Now have 4 Honeycrisp branches.  Had to have 1 new classic.
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Can I pick up a bushel of Honeycrisp in about 4 years?
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Can I pick up a bushel of Honeycrisp in about 4 years?


First Honeycrisp grafts from last year are flowering now.  So are Tarbutton and Winesap grafts.  A few petals dropping - looks like baby apples being born.  The native apples (whatever they are) are very productive this year.  Going to have to thin those out to hold the tree back a bit.

I added Pink Lady, more Honeycrisp (have to have enough to share with my TX buddy), and Yellow Newtown Pippin a few weeks ago, and they are doing great.  Already leafing out.  Tried a different kind of graft, and it's much better.

Carolina Red, Terry Winter, Winter Sweet, and Yates wood will be here this weekend, and will get on the tree Saturday.

Blackberries are flowering like crazy, with new growth coming up.  I have the primeark's, which produce twice a year.  Raspberries flowering, blueberries flowering, peaches and nectarines already formed.

Planted a bunch of ground stuff last week. 

What a great time of year.  It's like opening day - every item has a chance to be a superstar before summer sets in and ruins it.
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Can I pick up a bushel of Honeycrisp in about 4 years?


I-20 is your friend.  I'll talk you in when you get by the Alabama line, and get you headed up to Hickville w/o going into town - if you're not afraid of a few country roads.
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Tallapoosa or Cedartown area?
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Great field report mike. 


Collards ready to pick as are turnips, all planted in February.  At least 100+ tomato blooms with 30 tiny tomatos.  Planted a few heirloom this year with one called a mortgage lifter. sweet.  4 types squash plants 4 inches tall as we speak, squash by mid-late May.  White scallop, yellow crook-neck, yellow straight and a zucchuni,

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Hows that new tractor of yours running?
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Like a champ, running my own garden of Eden, mowing and tilling everything in sight.  Lot's of wet weather, helped 7 different people get caught up with their mowing this Spring.
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"Getting your motor revved about taking our guns is going to be what undoes your efforts."

"I like to establish the parameters of my own thoughts and don't think I need a director."

"This is not debate class. And this is not about politeness. We're talking about the damn future of our country"

"It is not just simply yelling out a name and yelling down dissenters........................... and I'll defend your right to even insult me" 
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Tallapoosa or Cedartown area?


further north, up in the hills
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Great field report mike. 


Collards ready to pick as are turnips, all planted in February.  At least 100+ tomato blooms with 30 tiny tomatos.  Planted a few heirloom this year with one called a mortgage lifter. sweet.  4 types squash plants 4 inches tall as we speak, squash by mid-late May.  White scallop, yellow crook-neck, yellow straight and a zucchuni,


sounds great.  Mortgage lifter - I like it.

I am going to plant tomatoes this weekend.  I hate em, but the wife loves em.  I planted peppers, watermelon, and cantaloupes a week ago.

Want to plant collards.  I just learned that they are frost-hardy, so we can grow them all year.

What I would really like to plant, but I haven't found seed for yet, is those marshmallow peep things.
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Also one called a Black Prince, very dark tomato.  Another called a Bobcat.  32 total tomato plants, how can you dislike home grown tomatoes?  Especially the extras you can slice and fry as GREEN tomatoes, tastes like candy

  Yes collards in spring, winter and Fall.  Very cold hardy will withstand first frost and beyond.  I like planting them and eating them around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  Peeps crop was pretty good Sunday

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"It is not just simply yelling out a name and yelling down dissenters........................... and I'll defend your right to even insult me" 
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Plant a single jalapeno plant next to a bell pepper, a banana pepper, or a cherry tomato plant. Warms things up. Yum, roasted salsa.
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Plant a single jalapeno plant next to a bell pepper, a banana pepper, or a cherry tomato plant. Warms things up. Yum, roasted salsa.


I did that in some of my heirloom tomato pot plants, planted some hot jalapenos, not TAM, with some tomatoes to spice them up. 1 jalapeno to 2 tomatoes.  They have a 'new' bell pepper called a Fajita Bell that is a spicy Bell pepper, hoping it's good, never tried it.  That's the problem with regular bell peppers, I'd rather have a poblano.  They cook up great with everything

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"I like to establish the parameters of my own thoughts and don't think I need a director."

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"It is not just simply yelling out a name and yelling down dissenters........................... and I'll defend your right to even insult me" 
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Sounds like those apple grafts all took.   Seems you graduated from not so sure, to expert pretty quick!
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"Warms things up."

I never trust anyone that recommends food containing spicy ingredients until I've asked the following:

1) Do you drink coffee?
2) Have you smoked?

Answer either of those in the affirmative and I don't trust you. "Oh, it's just a mild..." No. Don't trust you. You've seared your taste buds. Mine are still youthfully exubrient and yours are burnt out. Nope, nope, nope.

Have continued to read this thread intrigued by the idea of grafting different fruit bearing limbs onto an existing trunk. Brilliant. While I am not really a consumer of much fruit, do like an occasional tart apple. Granny Smith (d'oh!), Pippins, etc. SweeTARTS are easier, though doctor would probably disagree with my choice.

Y'all keep conversing. Despite my earlier jostling, do find the chat here an education.

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He doesn't smoke but I'm pretty sure he drinks coffee, before his Shiner Bock
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Sounds like those apple grafts all took.   Seems you graduated from not so sure, to expert pretty quick!


Luckily for me, apples are forgiving.  I wish I did this year's graft method last year.  Learning in the school of hard knocks.
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Well, the fun was short-lived.

We have yet another stupid hard freeze tonight.  I've gotta really protect the peaches and nectarines this time around, since the fruit is set, and it will be killed.  Blueberries also.

What a pain.  Maybe God doesn't want me to be a farmer.
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As you can probably tell, I find it sort of fascinating.  I think it will be neat to have 10 kinds of apples on the one tree.

The folks before us in this house let anyone who happened by have all the apples.

I love fresh fruit.  I love it more when I can pick it in my yard. 

In FL, I had red grapefruit, Valencia orange, navel orange, tangerine, lemon, and lime growing in the yard. I took boxfuls into the office, because those trees produced 10 times as much as we could eat.

I never could grow anything else down there, but those trees were keepers.


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"Warms things up."

Have continued to read this thread intrigued by the idea of grafting different fruit bearing limbs onto an existing trunk. Brilliant. While I am not really a consumer of much fruit, do like an occasional tart apple. Granny Smith (d'oh!), Pippins, etc. SweeTARTS are easier, though doctor would probably disagree with my choice.

Y'all keep conversing. Despite my earlier jostling, do find the chat here an education.
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He doesn't smoke but I'm pretty sure he drinks coffee, before his Shiner Bock


Shiner Bock in my Corn Flakes every morning is keeping me alive.

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Now THAT'S the Breakfast of F'n Champions.
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Go to a neighbor that has cows and get some manure.  Place on the ground around the bottom of the tree.  The more the better.  

Too late tonight:





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Also mow your lawn very short.  That will allow the heat to release from the dirt upwards to the tree.  Longer grass insulates the earth and keeps that heat from rising.
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Maybe get a bunch of Caterpillar heaters, and set them up upwind in the rows.
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Thanks fellas.

Hopefully, this weather is almost past us.  Next year, they'll be too big to effectively wrap, so I'll have to come up with something else.  It's supposed to be freezing again on Saturday night.  I hope that's about it for that until fall, when it won't matter.

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I just learned something that you veterans at this probably already knew - blackberries can be propagated by cuttings.  Some of my new shoots are getting to the size where they need to be tipped - they've grown 4 feet in a month.

So, I'm going to cut off some of the top, dip it in dip 'n grow, and stick it in some potting soil.  When they have roots, and I'll add them to the patch so I can have even more next year.

I am also designing my non-lethal squirrel, bird, and deer defense system.  If that doesn't work, well, there's other ways....

I caught a kingsnake in the yard yesterday.  I relocated it by the apple tree.  I'm hoping it sticks around there and takes care of the squirrels for me.
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