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Re: New England April 2014

Post  sanderson on 4/28/2014, 12:02 pm

Lyndeeloo, Thanks.

Off topic, but a friend just planted a grafted tree with 4 different fruits: a white peach, yellow peach, plum and a 4th one that I forget. Maybe nectarine.

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  lyndeeloo on 4/28/2014, 3:07 pm

@sanderson wrote:Lyndeeloo,  Thanks.

Off topic, but a friend just planted a grafted tree with 4 different fruits: a white peach, yellow peach, plum and a 4th one that I forget.  Maybe nectarine.  
Wow I'd love to see one of those! It must be gorgeous when it blooms and confusing when it fruits.

I was just at HD and saw a small red haven for $19.97. They had all kinds of fruit trees. $19.97 to $44.99. A dwarf bartlett pear followed me home. I will spend the afternoon trying to figure out where I can wedge it in the back yard. Oh me, I can't be trusted to go to the garden center alone.  What a Face

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  boffer on 4/28/2014, 3:14 pm

@lyndeeloo wrote:...Oh me, I can't be trusted to go to the garden center alone.  What a Face

I would like to say that we're here to help you control your addiction, but I'm afraid that we're more the enabling type of folks!   Razz

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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/28/2014, 3:34 pm

@lyndeeloo wrote:
I was just at HD and saw a small red haven for $19.97. They had all kinds of fruit trees. $19.97 to $44.99. A dwarf bartlett pear followed me home. I will spend the afternoon trying to figure out where I can wedge it in the back yard. Oh me, I can't be trusted to go to the garden center alone.  What a Face
OMG!  This makes me want to go into the big city (Hyannis) tonight!  Did they have the peach?

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/28/2014, 3:45 pm

LYNDEELOO!  Tsk, tsk...  (light slap on the wrist)  Shame on you!

 who?me?   I know I wouldn't do something like that...!  who?me?

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  RJARPCGP on 4/28/2014, 4:01 pm

@lyndeeloo wrote:It's turned cold and gray this afternoon. They say Rain is on the way again,  but spring is here because my dwarf Elberta  Peach started to bloom.    Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy 
Currently zero blooming trees! The forsythiae are barely blooming.....

(The familiar yellow bush blooms of April)

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  lyndeeloo on 4/28/2014, 7:05 pm

Thank you all for your support.  Is there a 12 step program for gardeners?  Rolling Eyes  I think I might need to join up. 

CC I did see some peaches, lots of apples, the pear of course, and a wonderful tart cherry, which I would recommend to anyone who likes to bake. They are fabulous in a pie. I was lucky enough to have a very old tree here in the front yard when we bought the house.

Here in New England now is a good time to plant fruit trees. Just need to be mindful of keeping it watered it's first summer. Ok now I'm being an enabler Boffer. Thanks for the slap Atlantamarie. I'll behave next time, I promise. flower

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/28/2014, 8:23 pm

Well, you can always say,  not me !!!  It followed me home...!

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  NHGardener on 4/28/2014, 8:36 pm

I'm just re-homing orphaned fruit trees, is all.

It's not a matter of too many trees. It's a matter of too little space.

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  lyndeeloo on 4/28/2014, 8:55 pm

+1 NHGardener and AtlantaMarie 
I will keep both excuses handy in case I need them. thanks

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  NHGardener on 4/28/2014, 8:59 pm

If you need more, I can think of more.

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  lyndeeloo on 4/28/2014, 9:30 pm

I'll check with you first when I get into trouble again. Very Happy

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  sanderson on 4/29/2014, 1:02 am

What is the word? Co-dependency?

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/29/2014, 8:16 am

Who?  US????  Co-dependent???  OCD???   idk 



"Shirley" not!

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/29/2014, 6:22 pm

Oh, No!  Now it's MY turn!

Went to the garden center to get some more course vermiculite and had a Golden Jubilee tomato, a beautiful pot of Greek Basil, & a pot of 4 honeydew seedlings jump in the truck with a package of Thomas Laxton peas!

I guess they were friends with the vermiculite...  That's all I can figure.  But neither of us had the heart to toss them out.


 not me !!!!  HONEST!!!!

Twisted Evil )

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  NHGardener on 4/29/2014, 6:43 pm

Maybe we need a fruit trees topic.

Just looked online and while Home Depot has the Red Haven peach for $45 (not the Elberta), Lowes, which is closer to me anyway, has both for $22.

HOLD ME BACK.

I'm thinking of going there tonight. Only thing is they have to be planted in full sun 19 feet apart.

In other news, I checked the asparagus today and they're starting to come up nicely. Not 6" a day tho, maybe it's just too chilly for that. Garlic is coming up nicely, strawberries have nice green leaves, and the spinach is coming up. Still have to get the lettuce and plant some carrots out there. Potato planting will be coming up, maybe this weekend.

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  boffer on 4/29/2014, 6:49 pm

@NHGardener wrote:...

HOLD ME BACK.

...

You're in the wrong place for that kind of support!  Razz 

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Post  camprn on 4/29/2014, 7:15 pm

@boffer wrote:
@NHGardener wrote:...

HOLD ME BACK.

...

You're in the wrong place for that kind of support!  Razz 

 darn funny +1  clap 

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  lyndeeloo on 4/29/2014, 7:33 pm

@NHGardener wrote:Maybe we need a fruit trees topic.

Just looked online and while Home Depot has the Red Haven peach for $45 (not the Elberta), Lowes, which is closer to me anyway, has both for $22.

HOLD ME BACK.

I'm thinking of going there tonight. Only thing is they have to be planted in full sun 19 feet apart.
NHGardener.     Are they dwarf or full size? My fruit trees are dwarf and planted less than 10 ft. Apart. Hmmmm. I only have one peach, I was told the Elberta doesn't have to have another peach.  An apple is ok. So I have 1 peach,  2 apple and now a dwarf pear.

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  NHGardener on 4/29/2014, 9:20 pm

Hmm Lyndeeloo - It could be that Lowes website was a little misinformed, or it could be because their Elberta (the one on the website anyway) is a semi-dwarf. I just googled for Elberta semi-dwarf and read that semi-dwarf trees are actually about 85% as big as standard trees, so their semi-dwarf might be on the big side, depending I guess on what kind of rootstock they used. (Apparently root stock is a big deal, which is why I'd rather shop local nursery, but not at 3x the price.)

I did read that you can really control the size of the tree with pruning, tho. I think there's an art to pruning tho.

Fedco tree orders are over for the season (I got some trees thru Fedco, but not peach) but they sell them for $25. I'd rather go Fedco, but you have to wait years for fruit trees to produce anyway, you hate to wait yet another year to get started.

Dilemmas dilemmas.

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  quiltbea on 4/29/2014, 9:41 pm

My Red Haven dwarf peach does NOT need another peach for pollination.

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  NHGardener on 4/29/2014, 10:03 pm

I wasn't getting the 2 types of peach trees for pollination, but just because they both sound so good. If that's where the pollination issue came from.

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  RJARPCGP on 4/30/2014, 2:03 pm

@NHGardener wrote:Maybe we need a fruit trees topic.

Just looked online and while Home Depot has the Red Haven peach for $45 (not the Elberta), Lowes, which is closer to me anyway, has both for $22.

HOLD ME BACK.

I'm thinking of going there tonight. Only thing is they have to be planted in full sun 19 feet apart.

In other news, I checked the asparagus today and they're starting to come up nicely. Not 6" a day tho, maybe it's just too chilly for that. Garlic is coming up nicely, strawberries have nice green leaves, and the spinach is coming up. Still have to get the lettuce and plant some carrots out there. Potato planting will be coming up, maybe this weekend.
Lowe's? The Claremont Lowe's was closed shortly after getting constructed!  No

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Re: New England April 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on 4/30/2014, 3:17 pm

So I'm lurking and reading all this peach talk, left work to go home for lunch, and my ding dang car pulls into the local nursery all by itself on the way by...
The result:
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Re: New England April 2014

Post  cpl100 on 4/30/2014, 3:28 pm

I purchase eggs at a poultry farm and today when I went there it occurred to me to ask what they did with their chicken manure.  Turns out they do use it but they also sell some.  Asked him the price and he said ''oh...about 50c a bucket''.  

Should I get some?  Can I use it 'fresh'.  I have bought Chickedy Doo and used it in my compost but this seems like a possible cheaper product.  

Any cautions?  Useful for all plants or not for certain ones?

Thanks!

My garlic is barely increasing in growth probably because it's been cold and barely any sun.  The spinach, tatsoi and peas that I planted about a week ago show no signs of growth.

The only thing that seems to be coming up is my hostas which are all breaking ground.

How about all of you?

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