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Treenut's Forest Notes for 2022

2022 Farm Notes:

May 2022: Find and Release last year's planting:

Spruce and Morels
Baby spruce and a surprise

Left: Spruce transplant with some welcome neighbors

This spruce is located along the south edge of the windbreak. It's main competition is grass.

The green flag means it was planted in the spring of 2021.

The painted stick means the original transplant failed and a new transplant put in during the summer of 2021.

The 6 Morel mushrooms mean I am very lucky and will soon have a delicious meal.

(i.e. I will soon 'release' these mushrooms into a frying pan -- yum )

Marker Meanings: Green Flag; Spring 2021 transplant, Wooden Stake; re-plant from 'rescue spruce' in summer 2021

Below: Spruce transplant with some UN-welcome neighbors

There is a healthy and vigorous understory of black raspberry which has moved in to this area of the forest. I am attempting to control it at least enough to let these young transplants survive

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Failed 2021 transplant
Before release.
Spruce to replace failed transplants.
After release.

June 2022: Check Apple grafts:

Apple buds in graft
Apple buds on graft

Left: Winesap graft on mature tree is blooming

This was exciting to see Winesap apple blossums on the first year after grafting. Will the graft be strong enough to support the weight of apples?

We'll have to wait for the answer because deer ate the young apples off of this twig. I guess we need to graft higher on the tree next time.

Below: Winesap graft on seedling rootstock.

These grafts will not produce blossums until the tree is old enough. In this case, the rootstock that is hosting the graft.

A graft obeys the addage; 'When in Rome....'

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Grafted seedling
Winesap graft on seedling.
Our Label .

July 2022: Replacing failed transplants :

Transplants and water
Transplants and Water

Below: Replacing failed transplants in windbreak area.

I only have a few 'rescue' spruce in my nursery but a bunch of apple seedlings and a few oak. So I decided to replace failed transplants with apple and oak.

  • I have a ton of apple seedlings that need to go somewhere.
  • Oak seems to do well on that hillside and I have White Oak which likes well drained soil.

Of course, I must fence in each Oak that I put out. This not only protects from browse it also marks the tree. I am not fencing the apple even though I know that deer like to eat apple. I just don't have enough cages.

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Failed transplant
Failed transplant.
Replacing with Spruce
Replacing with 'rescue' Spruce from 2021 planting
Grouping of replants
Replanting area shot.
Successful Oak transplant after release

October 2022: Continue pruning up Walnut trees :

Pruning Walnuts
Pruning Walnuts

Pruning Walnuts (third round)

This is the third pass at pruning up the walnut trees. The first pass I was on foot with a chainsaw and pruning up as high as I could reach. The second pass I would stand on the fenders of the tractor and prune as high as I could reach. This fall I bought a power pole prunner and began the third pass as high as that will reach.

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pole pruner
Lance working the pole pruner
Buckthorn removed from woods.