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by Greyt.Chase
Fri May 16, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Japaness beetle oddity
Replies: 3
Views: 5470

Re: Japaness beetle oddity

I have issues with Japanese beetles. Have been trying to figure out a solution, and have been looking at spreading nematodes to kill the grubs. Does anyone know if there is adverse effect of nematodes on apple trees? I'm getting sick of stomping down mole hills that are in my yard eating the beetle ...
by Greyt.Chase
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: red cider
Replies: 3
Views: 4669

Re: red cider

I have not...but it sounds very interesting!
by Greyt.Chase
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Fearn's Pippin
Replies: 6
Views: 6580

Re: Fearn's Pippin

That's a good idea. I live less than a mile away from a National Wildlife Refuge and i've counted 20 deer in my backyard once. Chased single deer away as well.
by Greyt.Chase
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Growing a tree from seed/grafting
Replies: 6
Views: 7269

Re: Growing a tree from seed/grafting

I wondered about that. It seemed logical, but far too easy. Thanks Richard!
by Greyt.Chase
Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Growing a tree from seed/grafting
Replies: 6
Views: 7269

Growing a tree from seed/grafting

I'm not totally positive I have this correct, so i'm going to ask y'all. This past fall, I bought some Northern Spy apples. Northern Spy is where we got the MM111 rootstock. If I planted some Spy seeds and grafted a new variety on top after the first year, would I basically have a tree on MM111? Is ...
by Greyt.Chase
Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: wolf river selling apple or good apple
Replies: 4
Views: 5558

Re: wolf river selling apple or good apple

Wolf River apples are ok. If you want to make a pie, they work great! Eating them can be like biting into wet sawdust.
by Greyt.Chase
Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Blending Cider
Replies: 5
Views: 7625

Re: Blending Cider

Thanks for the tips!
by Greyt.Chase
Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: First attempt at cider
Replies: 4
Views: 5144

Re: First attempt at cider

I don't know much about cider making because i'm just a "noob" about the processes. Does the sulfur dioxide leave a flavor?
by Greyt.Chase
Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: First attempt at cider
Replies: 4
Views: 5144

Re: First attempt at cider

Good luck! Make sure you come back and post how it turned out!

Are you hoping for Brettanomyces in the wild yeast? I'm a big fan of Brett beers.
by Greyt.Chase
Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Trees refusing to branch...
Replies: 6
Views: 6696

Re: Trees refusing to branch...

If I understand correctly, if you cut/score the bark at different points, it encourages growth at that location.

I'm sort of new at all of this, so please research it more before you start scoring the bark.
by Greyt.Chase
Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Blending Cider
Replies: 5
Views: 7625

Blending Cider

If cider is all about blending of the four different types of cider apples, (bittersharps, bittersweets, sharps, sweets) what are some good blends to make?

Or is that the trick with cider? The right mix of those four styles? What are your top 5 cider apples?
by Greyt.Chase
Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:32 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Hard Cider
Replies: 4
Views: 6492

Re: Hard Cider

The best cider i've tasted this year is from a place called Sietsema Orchard in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They call it "Orange Label." What makes it special is that it's aged in bourbon barrels. When it's fresh, you can taste the bourbon. Almost to the point that it almost burns going down your throat...
by Greyt.Chase
Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Cider press
Replies: 5
Views: 8168

Re: Cider press

Here is another one, probably a bit cheaper.

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/ ... s-n-barrel
by Greyt.Chase
Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Stanley Plums
Replies: 17
Views: 15968

Re: Stanley Plums

PA_Docent wrote:I will never by another (fruit) tree from a mail order catalog.
I had luck with Trees of Antiquity, but I understand your point. They won't need to get acclimated to the weather in a different state. California is much different than Michigan, but mine are doing well.
by Greyt.Chase
Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Is July too late to plant bare root apples?
Replies: 3
Views: 5587

Re: Is July too late to plant bare root apples?

Thanks Mike. The bark looks smooth at the moment. I scraped a tiny bit away and saw green underneath, which I've read is a good sign? It looks like it might have tried to grow leaves or new shoots on the very tip of the side branches, as they have softer shoots that have dried up. No leaves yet, bu...