I cleaned out a couple of bee hives that mice had gotten into. I took no pictures.
Cutting scion wood
I cut scion wood from Shenandoah pear, Liberty apple, Illinois Everbearing Mulberry, Lena (aka, Mitchellena) and Szukis persimmon. I took no pictures.
I really like Shenandoah pear for fruit quality but it appears to be on-the-bubble for cold hardiness here. I have some young trees that show branch die-back where they were touching the metal of the deer cages I protect them with.
Liberty apple is cold hardy, productive and has great taste when it ripened in cool weather. The only flaw that I see is that it drops much fruit before it is ripe because the fruit stems are not quite long enough.
Illinois Everbearing Mulberry seems to fruit from mid-June until late-August when it gets enough moisture. It is an incredible tree.
The persimmon scion wood is to graft over a Morris Burton that I have as a "yard tree". Morris has good quality but is not a very heavy bearer for me...nor is the fruit very big. I will see if I can do better with Lena and Szukis. If all goes well I will have a few experimental cultivars to graft into that tree as well.
|The rootstock is the darktwig to the right of the T post and in the foreground.|
I planted Bud 118 apple rootstock that I will graft the Liberty on to. I planted twelve of them. Basically, I was planting them into "holes" in my orchard where trees died. I do not need twelve Liberty apple trees so I intend to top-work them to other varieties once they are above waist height.
I also plan to run about 20 of these rootstock in a row to use as "stool beds" to produce rootstock for my future use.
I took some "mushrooms" over to the Captain. He was very surprised that I was finding mushrooms this early in the year, especially with spring being as cold and dry as it has been.
|Click to embiggen. Seasoned with black pepper, garlic and grated Parmesan cheese.|
I told him that they were Chicken of the Woods, which is normally a fall mushroom.
In fact, they are chicken thighs with the meat whittled away from one end of the bone. The bone is propped up with a toothpick while they are pan-fried at low heat. Then the toothpick is removed. Yes, they look like mushrooms...but they taste like meat.
Gratuitous German Shepherd picture
|Hunting rabbits while "Grandpa" cuts scion wood.|