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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Sentient Biped on May 1, 2014 at 5:21pm

King,

This video is pretty good.  I took a Home Orchard Society class.  On the one hand, it's not difficult at all.  On the other hand, there are lots of tricks to it.  Also whip and tongue is a big cause for thumb and finger lacerations.  The knife should be very sharp so it slices the wood without binding in the cut then giving suddenly, slashing the grafter's hand.


This one is also good.


There are many ways to do it. It's a very rewarding feeling to see the graft take and new growth emerging.

Joan, having young plantes destroyed by a freeze is discouraging. I know I am taking a chance planting some outside now. With the peppers, I can cover them with a plastic tunnel, the framework is still up. I can also cover the potato plants. That's if I watch the temp and catch any predicted frost.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 11:57am

May 15 is the average last frost date for Spokane, WA. However several years ago I set out Brandywine in early June and they froze out on June 16. I had raised them from seed looking forward to a lovely crop of delicious tomatoes. I scoured the city for replacements and one nursery owner sacrificed one or two of his plants for me, they grew beautifully, and were loaded with green tomatoes. We received frost warnings early in the season and I ended up with bushels of green tomatoes. That first frost was a killing frost. Light coverings don't protect plants from that hard frost that occasionally hits

Many times I have turned on my outside water only to awaken to a beautiful spray of water from broken brass faucet bibs. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 1, 2014 at 9:25am

Had a frost a few days ago at 5.5 degrees below freezing, but nothing appeared damaged.  There will probably be one or two more frosts this month, most likely not later than the 15th.

Warm weather is predicted for the foreseeable future, so I turned my outside water on and am watering my garden with about 3 inches.  

I'm still not sowing any seeds directly in the garden because there's a good chance whatever has been eating my seedlings in the past will still be here.  I may plant a few just as a test.

I've been lazy about starting my cold weather crops.  Finally planted quite a few peas and beets in containers a week ago.  They are one inch high now.  I put them outside in the sun and bring them in to a dark room at night.

Comment by king on May 1, 2014 at 9:23am
How do you do a tongue and whip graft
Comment by king on May 1, 2014 at 9:18am
What do you guys do for pokeweed
Comment by king on May 1, 2014 at 9:16am
That brings it around I get it now
Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2014 at 9:09am

Schiedam, the Netherlands.

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 1, 2014 at 7:45am
I never thought of using a root feeder for weeding. So clever!

I have a lot of weeds right now. Staycation next week. Hope I can get some then.

Joan I loved doing grafting this winter. The season for it is over but I get to follow my progress. That was one of the more successful ones. Some others are taking off too. You are right whip and tongue is strong and does not leave exposed bare wood so seems healthy too.

We are not to last frost date yet. But it got into high 80s yesterday. I hooe there is no more frost.
Comment by king on May 1, 2014 at 4:07am
Plinius where are you from may I ask
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 1:32am

I'm impressed with your grafting successes. The whip and tongue graft looks complicated, but it does give strength, at least that is how it looks. I have never done a graft. This one looks so neat and precise. 

 

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