He gave me a call and reminded me of a promise I had made.
The Lansing Yacht Club
The Lansing Yacht Club (Map) is sandwiched between Robert Sinto Conveyor Corporation and the Grand River. It is attached to Lansing's Grand River Park.
Most of the park is undeveloped. It is not located near any residential neighborhoods. Budgets are always tight and developing Grand River Park has never been a priority.
Approximately three acres is coming up with crabapple seedlings. Most of those seeds probably came from birds that had feasted on the ornamental crabapples growing on the Robert Sinto property but there is also a feral apple tree in the middle of the park that may have contributed some seedlings as well.
My promise to Marcus was to give him a lesson on grafting fruit trees. An intensive lesson. Those crab apple seedlings were our rootstock.
Marcus is a Marine. Marcus is also one of the principals in a community center called The Village Summit.
It is a little bit hard to describe the kind of person Marcus is. He becomes personally invested very quickly. I watched him march half-way up his block to address a squabbling couple. Most people would have ducked into their houses and let them work it out. Marcus was offended that the tranquility in his block had been harshed. And, as a practical matter, having an adult intervene puts a damper on escalation.
And Marcus is a gardener.
Grafting is like many things. Once you have a firm grasp of the essentials you can take a lot of shortcuts. But when you are a beginner, you want an absolutely bulletproof procedure that will ALWAYS work. That is what I showed Marcus today.
|Three trees with pink surveyor's tape in the background. Pink ===> Liberty apple. These are grafted up high to avoid the majority of deer browsing.|
We plan to go back and finish the job.