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by Chuck Rhode
Tue May 01, 2012 12:41 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Caring for new trees - growth under tree guard
Replies: 3
Views: 4496

Re: Caring for new trees - growth under tree guard

Should we be doing anything with the growth that's occurring lower down the tree beneath the guard? Is this guard too long for this tree? It's hard for me to tell from the picture because it's difficult to get an idea of the scale. Generally hobbyists want the lower branches to start 18 inches to 2...
by Chuck Rhode
Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Scion Wood
Replies: 3
Views: 5935

Re: Scion Wood

SOME IDIOT wrote:They have a couple Red Fleshed apples here and pretty much anything else you could want.


http://www.maplevalleyorchards.com/Pages/ScionWood.aspx
Try the Scarlet Surprise and the Pink Pearl both for sauce.

53° — Wind Calm — Sky overcast
by Chuck Rhode
Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Book of Ours
Replies: 18
Views: 16522

Re: First Pink

Weather has been cold! Consequently, there has not been a lot of progress. 1/2-inch green has come and gone, and I have not done my first cover spray. There has not been enough dampness when it was warm nor enough warmth when it was wet to worry much about scab. However, I notice that today there is...
by Chuck Rhode
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Help! - I'm planting an orchard
Replies: 11
Views: 10519

Re: Help! - I'm planting an orchard

It's definitely worthwhile looking at Maple Valley Orchards & Nursery for good varieties to grow in zone 5a. I've attended several of Tony's seminars and tastings, too. All 20 trees in my backyard are from his nursery. Most were bench grafts. For yellow apples you might consider Honeygold. Tony quo...
by Chuck Rhode
Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Help! - I'm planting an orchard
Replies: 11
Views: 10519

Re: Help! - I'm planting an orchard

I would like to test several varieties and want the ones that will, of course, sell. Ah, yes -- the commercial imperative. Have you considered doing your own processing? Apple varieties for sauce, jelly, and cider in craft-size batches will be different from those needed for produce sales. 48° — Wi...
by Chuck Rhode
Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Book of Ours
Replies: 18
Views: 16522

Re: Bud Break

Today is bud break.

1/4-inch green and first cover spray is just days away.

Buy twine.

Haul garden hose out of the basement to warm up.

61° — Wind S 8 mph
by Chuck Rhode
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Can I save this dwarf honeycrisp?
Replies: 4
Views: 6963

Re: Can I save this dwarf honeycrisp?

She talked to a gardening pro who said not to stake, but in fairness she might not have specified that it is a dwarf. Certainly it will look a lot nicer when it is standing erect. Some dwarfs do not require staking. It depends on the root stock. No need to try to straighten it at ground level. The ...
by Chuck Rhode
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Can I save this dwarf honeycrisp?
Replies: 4
Views: 6963

Re: Can I save this dwarf honeycrisp?

Here's a very neglected dwarf honeycrisp. It is about four years old and has never been pruned. It is spindly with a significant curve. It has started to produce a few apples. Should I prune the main branch or elswhere? If so, where? Actually it looks in good shape. I like the way you're keeping so...
by Chuck Rhode
Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:39 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Sprayer
Replies: 3
Views: 6681

Re: Sprayer

Randy SGF wrote:I have put it in a small utility trailer I pull behind an old Snapper lawnmower tractor.
Thanks. That clarifies it.

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by Chuck Rhode
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:14 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Sprayer
Replies: 3
Views: 6681

Re: Sprayer

You must be planning to carry it on an ATV. Is that right?

21° — Wind N 9 mph — Sky overcast. Light snow.
by Chuck Rhode
Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Book of Ours
Replies: 18
Views: 16522

Re: Book of Ours

Randy SGF wrote:I went to an electric, ten gallon pump sprayer this year to make spraying a bit easier.
Ooh, do tell. I may be in the market. Is this a backpack? I see some huge capacity backpacks that I imagine OSHA would have a fit over.
by Chuck Rhode
Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Book of Ours
Replies: 18
Views: 16522

Top Dressing

It has reached me, O Reader, that young trees can benefit from a little granular fertilizer scattered by hand as "top dressing" in the drip zone. This time of year is best. Before a heavy, blanketing snow is best. As the snow melts, it gently carries the nutrients down into the root zone. Sap begins...
by Chuck Rhode
Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: What are the best apples for apple sauce?
Replies: 9
Views: 12375

Re: What are the best apples for apple sauce?

Around here (southern Wisconsin) snow apples (Fameuse) are much sought after for sauce making. They don't require a lot of sweetening if any. Also, consider Golden Noble. It cooks down really well. Seed Savers says, "Of great culinary value; the creamy white flesh cooks into a rich-flavored frothy p...
by Chuck Rhode
Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Need list of all cedar rust resistant apples
Replies: 8
Views: 13351

Re: Need list of all cedar rust resistant apples

I would like to buy several more varieties that are cedar rust resistant. You do realize that resistant doesn't mean immune. There are degrees of resistance. I don't know how much testing has actually been done. Apparently there has been some, but it's inconceivable that known varieties could be co...
by Chuck Rhode
Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Book of Ours
Replies: 18
Views: 16522

Bark Slipping

Bark will be slipping before you know it. Look in the newspaper, on the library bulletin board, on your community college Web site, in junk mail from the Cooperative Extension Service. Ring up the Master Gardeners in your area. Find a seminar you can attend on grafting. Expect to pay a small registr...