oh, sorry to hear about your back! That’s not good. Hopefully you have a little more time to finish grafting in case you need to take a few days to get back to “normal”.
I was grafting today and wanted to continue until dark but had to quit as my fingers were numb and my parafilm was so cold it kept breaking and wouldn’t stretch. A little warm weather would be nice… and before too long I will be saying “a little cooler weather sure would be nice”
What I am super happy about is being pain free today. Yesterday I could barely get out of bed, and a wrong move would about drop me. Even last night my back hurt almost constantly, making it hard to go to sleep. This morning I could still feel it, but I used the inversion device and went out to graft anyway. From when I started grafting and for the rest of the day I never felt another twinge. I even climbed into the big apple tree then got back on the ladder. My feet are sore…but my back feels great! YHWH God is so amazing, and made us able to heal. I am so thankful He did too!
One more tree to go.
Do you protect your grafts with paper bags or foil? They seem to be in full sun and we get 85F days here already. Also, when I top work (haven’t done a whole lot of ‘em), I usually paint the bark white as lack of canopy exposes the bark to sun scald.
I am really glad to hear you are feeling so much better! God is good!
You got a LOT of trimming and grafting done. That’s impressive. Nicely done!
Have you been unhappy with Seckle quality? Wondering why you grafted 2 over to Bosc and Aurora? I don’t grow Seckle, but a friend of mine is putting one in this week. Of course our climate is totally different than yours…
I was a bit sore by the end of the day, but doing well again today. Thankfully!
Seckle has a small fruit and a thick skin.they taste alright but we can a lot of fruit for later eating, I would rather have larger fruit for processing. Aurora is a Bartlet seedling as I recall, stores better then Bartlet and is recommended by people like Scott here. Bosc stores well and would probably can well too.
It really is like therapy for me. It doesn’t feel like work… .until the last few grafts. I counted down the last maybe 11.
The Famouse was planted in 2013. It grew well, but only made a very few poor quality apples. Mealy, small and good for nothing.
I’m looking forward to the weekly or bi weekly re-growth pictures of the trees.