[nafex] A night of 26

Evan kodama at riseup.net
Thu Apr 12 07:33:14 EDT 2012

Well just on the other side of the mountain, I woke up and my (sometimes unreliable) digital thermometer read 25! Yikes. Will report back after the sun warms things up for a bit and I go on the morning stroll. All of our apples were in full bloom...

Richard, one day I'll have to come visit. I'd love to see another NAFEXer's spot in the area.

spring blessings,
Evan Webb
NW NC, Zone 6b
S. Fork New River
Just shy of 3000'

On Apr 12, 2012, at 6:35 AM, Richard Moyer wrote:

> We are also at 26 at I write, and could drop another degree or two before
> sunrise.  Was reading Schlabach's Nursery catalog yesterday, where David
> stresses the importance of diversity in home fruit plantings for whatever
> nature throws our way.  His answer to your question about "patience and the
> big picture".  Our natural ecosystems (forests and edges) also have
> answers, if we take the time to wander and notice this year.  When we
> introduce/explore fruit without the genetic history of our area, we can
> learn which are best adapted.
> In our experience (and as noted by others), 'Anna' was the A. arguta kiwi
> that regrew and bloomed best after a hard freeze, and still gave a partial
> crop.
> Gooseberries and currants are perhaps the most cold-hardy of common fruits,
> so I'm not worried about those.  Juneberries (Amelanchier) also usually
> come through such freezes well.
> Will be interesting to see how small green apples, peaches, pears and other
> tree fruits fare.  On occasion, upper 20F freezes save me lots of thinning;
> the remaining fruit is well spaced and large.
> None of our brambles have bloomed yet, nor some other fruits.  And others
> such as jujubes, figs and my survivor kakis have yet to break dormancy.
> These freezes also a good time to assess affects of microclimate.  Are
> there areas on our land that are generally a few degrees warmer, and how do
> we manage to create such microclimates?
> Plants that lose most or all of their fruit can spend this year in
> vegetative growth, which can be a good, though may create extra pruning.
> Richard Moyer
> Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 08:56:47 -0500
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> Subject: [nafex] A night of 26
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> Has melted all kiwi growth on both arguta and kolomikta.  I'm guessing
> around 90% of the growth is already black, and the rest looking
> extremely wiled.  Nanking cherries that were set are looking brown.
> That's within 15 feet of my back door.  I'm afraid to venture out.
> What does this teach about patience and the big picture?
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