|A twenty-four foot ladder. Falling from fifteen feet is not on my agenda.|
|Lots of good stems to graft on once I get up there.|
Ladder work is not my favorite thing. But sometimes it must be done.
I am top-working this persimmon tree. It is currently "Morris Burton", a variety named after a pig farmer from Indiana. He noticed that his pigs raced to a particular tree every time the wind shook it. He tasted the persimmons and decided they were the best tasting ones he had ever wrapped a lip around.
It is a delicious persimmon. It is not a very heavy bearer under my conditions and I think I can do better. This tree got scion wood of "I-115", "K-6", "Szukis" (pronounced "Suitcase" in my mid-Western ignorance). It may also get some scions from "Lena" before I am done.
I stopped after "Szukis" because I had to tie-off the top of the ladder due to the wind picking up. That is not much fun. The other thing about top working trees from a ladder is that the grafter must work from some unorthodox ladder positions. My thighs are talking to me.
|While I was at it, Mrs ERJ wanted me to do some drainage work. I ran a drain tile beneath the kennel fence and up to the basin they excavated around the house.|
|A quick check was made to ensure the house was rolling and not sliding. Looking good.|
|Hmmmm! Not very square on the blocks but I can drift things around and shim to make everything happy.|
Does anybody know how to block WWII movies on Netflix? Damned German Shepherds.