[NAFEX] nafex Digest, Vol 69, Issue 27 ( Staking Trees Anthony z 4-5)

Anthony Curcio apc at vassolinc.com
Mon Oct 13 13:36:01 EDT 2008


I have some trees that I staked with wood poles when I planted. The wood has now broken off and I am wondering if I should re-stake? I am concerned if I use a metal stake close to the trunk I will cut through the roots. The trees seem pretty solid but the winds in Nth. Illinois can get pretty strong.
Thanks for the help, Anthony z 4-5

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   1. Re: Extending fruit storage life (Jim Fruth) (EmailUser samurphy)
   2. Re: Extending fruit storage life (Jim Fruth) (Stephen Sadler)


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Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 10:43:37 -0500
From: "EmailUser samurphy" <samurphy at isp.com>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Extending fruit storage life (Jim Fruth)
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Jim Fruth wrote:
> Sam Murphy asked, "What is the best way to make them (apples) last if
there
> is no room in the refrigerator and the
> basement never gets very cool?"
>
>     Store them in "Debbie Meyer Green Bags."  These are (reusable) plastic
> bags that absorb and remove ethylene gas.  So far, I've only used them for
> extending the life of ripe pears and keeping bananas as fresh as the day I
> bought them.  Don't throw them away after one use because their effect
lasts
> a l-o-n-g time......
I've seen those advertised on TV. I always assume things advertised that
way don't work. I'm pleasantly surprised to hear that they DO work.
I looked them up online and bookmarked this site:
https://www.greenbags.com/?cid=381252

The bags are available several places including Amazon.com   There are mixed
reviews on produce in general for storage up to 1 month.  Apples are not
included in the evaluations.  Have you tried them for long periods?
I've heard of using newspaper to wrap pears for storage.  Would that work in
the same way for apples?
Shirley
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Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 10:08:56 -0700
From: "Stephen Sadler" <Docshiva at Docshiva.org>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Extending fruit storage life (Jim Fruth)
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There are three brands of these bags I know of.  In my home trials, the
Biofresh brand significantly outperforms the green bags.  The green bags are
nice to have because of their shape, though; they'll hold long things like
celery and scallions, and seem to possibly work better for bananas.  I don't
notice huge differences in how apples keep with the bags - good keepers keep
better than poor keepers, regardless, it seems, of whether I use the bags or
not.  I think that things that keep well on their own like drier conditions,
and may actually not do as well in bags.  But things like lettuce do really
well in those bags; I've had lettuce keep crisp and fresh-tasting for
months.

There are also things - disks and egg-shaped plastic - that contain the
ethylene -absorbing clay.  Could be a couple of those tossed in with the
apples would help.

If you're talking about any sort of quantity, though, and you don't have
good storage conditions, you might want to try dried apples, sweet or dry
cider, apple butter, canned applesauce, canned pie filling, freezing treated
(with lemon juice or other food acid) slices, etc.  Keep your best keepers
for eating, and process the others.  I vary my processing methods.  Given a
lot of apples, I'll use a different method per batch.  Some fruits preserve
much better by one method than others, and they don't get that varied
treatment - but apples keep well by several methods.



~ Stephen



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Jim Fruth wrote:
> Sam Murphy asked, "What is the best way to make them (apples) last if
there
> is no room in the refrigerator and the
> basement never gets very cool?"
>
>     Store them in "Debbie Meyer Green Bags."  These are (reusable) plastic
> bags that absorb and remove ethylene gas.  So far, I've only used them for
> extending the life of ripe pears and keeping bananas as fresh as the day I
> bought them.  Don't throw them away after one use because their effect
lasts
> a l-o-n-g time......

I've seen those advertised on TV. I always assume things advertised that
way don't work. I'm pleasantly surprised to hear that they DO work.
I looked them up online and bookmarked this site:
https://www.greenbags.com/?cid=381252



The bags are available several places including Amazon.com   There are mixed
reviews on produce in general for storage up to 1 month.  Apples are not
included in the evaluations.  Have you tried them for long periods?

I've heard of using newspaper to wrap pears for storage.  Would that work in
the same way for apples?

Shirley

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