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  • From: david liezen <>
  • To: Nat'l Ass'n of Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pomona time!
  • Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 00:27:37 +0000


Weather and inexperience combine to make for a trying Spring. Eastern
Washington has experienced its third wettest month on record and a new record
wet April. May hasn't proven to be much better, and the prevailing
temperatures have been equally low. Everything is blooming at least 16 days
behind what is typical, and some things even later.

I tried grafting quite a few apple cultivars at a nearby orchard and in my
own back yard. Checking out back this morning, one out of seven looks as
though it is healthy, although no buds have begun swelling. If everything top
worked on a Queen Cox fails, I may simply jerk the tree out of the ground
this year and replace it altogether. (Am debating Duchess of Oldenburg or
Rambour Franc/Summer Rambo.) By the time that gains size I may have learned
to do a proper graft.

The bright spots are two benchgrafts purchased from Greenmantle in
California: Lord Lambourne on Bud9 and D'Arcy Spice on Bud118. Both are
heavily mulched and fenced from the ducks and both look good, with D'Arcy
characteristically getting off to a slower start.

The long range hopes prevail, while this urban farmer climbs a steep learning

Dave Liezen, Spokane, WA z6

> From:
> Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 16:01:35 -0400
> To:
> Subject: [NAFEX] Pomona time!
> NAFEXes, you've still got a few days to get me articles or comments for the
> summer Pomona; I'll be finishing it up next week. Long or short, tell us
> about your fruit growing experiences.
> I personally would love to see some articles on raising honeybees,
> something I'm thinking of starting.
> Thanks so much. Have a great weekend.
> Jacquelyn A. Kuehn
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