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Old 04-25-2011, 04:31 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Could I find a deer here last November? Nooooooooo. But they've found my apple trees in the last two weeks and have eaten tips of branches on almost all of them. I'm planting peaches and apricots next week and will cage them.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Could I find a deer here last November? Nooooooooo. But they've found my apple trees in the last two weeks and have eaten tips of branches on almost all of them. I'm planting peaches and apricots next week and will cage them.
There is a pair that hang around here regularly, even in Nov (maybe they know they're safe here). They usually don't spook anymore if I pull in while they are feeding. There was a third with them a couple of weeks ago that did spook, but the other two didn't. I haven't seen Hopalong for quite some time though, coyotes probably got him- I think it was the winter before last (I really should start writing stuff down) when I spotted him kind of hopping through the snow, his left front leg was broken.

They don't usually go in the fenced garden area, and I knew I should have fenced the trees (even got some freecycled fencing and posts) but just didn't get to it- work picked up early and stayed heavy through Jan. so I didn't even finish getting firewood split up. Maybe I'll get everything done on time *this* year...or not.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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I know a farm where there are about 30 different apple varieties. Some trees have two very different kinds and they are all the old varieties. One thing you need to be wary of is deer. I have a friend who planted about 10 saplings. The first year they were 7 feet tall; The second year they were 4 feet tall and the third year they were nibbled down to stumps by deer.
How do commercial farmers keep deer and otherr wildlife from eating their crops?
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Could I find a deer here last November? Nooooooooo. But they've found my apple trees in the last two weeks and have eaten tips of branches on almost all of them. I'm planting peaches and apricots next week and will cage them.
I was given two butternut bare-root trees today.

The lady who gave them to me does really good with her apples and peaches. I asked her about how to stop animals eating them. She insisted the only cure is 6 foot tall chicken-wire fencing.



It was a part of a deal we had bartered in exchange for me spending a day helping her mend fences. With the snow load on her fences, she loses about half of her fence posts each winter. Last week I dug up 20 fence posts that had snapped off as the posts rotted, and we replaced them.

My back still hurts.

Any one want 2 butternut trees?
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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My back still hurts.

Any one want 2 butternut trees?
Sure, if you really want to hand them off! I'll be in the neighborhood tomorrow afternoon, picking up my cart wheel, which I had welded.

I have to dig a hole SOON to plant my new "farm sales sign" (the a-frame chalk board keeps getting erased by the weather) and while I am swinging the mattock and wielding the shovel, I might as well dig a couple more holes.

DM me or message me on Facebook!
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:48 PM
 
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Peaches in Maine, MW? I would have thought it too cold for consistent bud survival.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I was in Belfast today on a farm where she grows peaches.

In Brooklin Maine is a farm ['Five Star Nursery'] that has a peach orchard. As vendors in a farmer's market they do well selling peaches every year.

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Old 04-25-2011, 08:26 PM
 
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I don't doubt your reports that there is a peach industry in Maine, fb. I was just surprised that the climate would be mild enough.
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Peaches in Maine, MW? I would have thought it too cold for consistent bud survival.
It's thanks to the benefits of hybridization (which is not genetic engineering). There's been a variety good to zone 4 but it wasn't the best for eating off the tree. It was ok for canning. There are varieties that bloom later so they miss frost. I'm told they're delicious off the tree.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:48 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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Hey FB, are there any actually healthy butternut trees around you? They're almost all dead here, from butternut canker...
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