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  • From: Lee Reich <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Spring Damage worse than Winter Damage here
  • Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 14:21:56 -0400

Hi Richard,

I've always bemoaned how poor a site I have for fruit growing: a frost pocket
with colder, danker air. After reading of your weather, I'm thinking myself
lucky. Still, apples do very poorly here, mostly because of pests (6000 acres
of woods nearby), especially, most recently, summer diseases. Blueberries
never fail me. Juneberries always have.

Lee Reich, PhD
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A Northeast Gardener's Year
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Weedless Gardening
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
Landscaping with Fruit
Grow Fruit Naturally

On May 30, 2014, at 2:05 PM, Richard Moyer wrote:

> Lee Reich wrote:
> "I think it was more the length of cold rather than the depth of cold. In
> the past, my pawpaw flower buds have regularly survive to minus 25?F, even
> once when the winter low dipped briefly below -30?F."
> Lee,
> Here in SW VA, we had at least 6 nights below zero, the coldest was -14F.
> Multiple records set. The only trees killed outright were three kaki
> persimmons, am waiting to see if anything sprouts above the graft.
> But the real killer for fruit this year:
> After days in 80s, we had 23F with wind in late April. This took out all
> native locust blooms, set back many other native plants, and killed all our
> pear, peach and most apple bloom or young fruit. Wineberries also had
> canes killed back to ground. Most forages severely damaged in pastures and
> hayfield. Killed outright young beets, radishes, etc.
> Richard Moyer
> Amelanchier fan; always fruits here.
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