[nafex] we're just hopeless

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Fri Jul 13 10:00:35 EDT 2001

Hi Del,

Do you have any Crandall currants planted?  I put in small bare root
plants last  season, and have a HUGE crop, on multicaned, 3' tall bushes
in just 1 year.  Just great plants, but I did opt to place them inside
peony cages (oversized tomato cages) as the weight of the berries was
dragging all the canes to the ground.

It amazes me how fast Crandall's grow, sucker, and offer you more plants,
and after tasting a Crandall, I would rate it better than most black
currants as it can be eaten out of hand. (I guess you could eat some black
currants out of hand too)

Large berries on Crandall too.


Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Hardiness Zone 6a

On Fri, 13 Jul 2001, del stubbs wrote:

> Donna wrote
> "I am serious when I say I have yet to find a "normal" NAFEX member."
> "I
> don't know if NAFEX can be "fixed" if it continues to consist of a bunch
> of
> people who get a kick out of grafting and talking about fruit trees,
> We're
> hopeless."
>   "And yes, I am speaking for myself, but I am including lots of NAFEXers
> I
> know. "
> I'm glad to hear it Donna, being a new nafexer I feel right at home.
> I'd classify fruit grafters of forgotten varieties in difficult climates
> as
>   'hopelessly hopeful'  people.  Like the 86 year old Minerva we know
> who's
> still grafting apples, will she ever taste one? Doesn't matter, she's
> part
> of a much bigger circle. And it's just too much fun anyway. Today we
> harvest
> our first fruit crop after 4 years of prep.  A tablespoon of currants!.
> and
> the plant from a nafexer. In four more years hopefully some apples and
> plums. If it weren't fun it would'nt happen.  Del
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