Yes, grafting is best done now. I’m in AL also, Walker County.
whip and tongue grafts when scion and the rootstock is close to the same diameter.
Cleft graft for a super quick graft. 30second graft.
I do these on random public Bradford pear trees.
And when you’re doing a rootstock or top working an existing tree. I tend to do a bark inlay graft and put a stick of scion every 2-3” around the circumference of the rootstock.
Here in the picture a single stick of pear scion wood was grafted using a bark inlay graft in the spring of 2019.
The original tree was a naturally occurring wild seedling pear tree out in my pasture.
I grafted the eating pear at 5’ high to avoid deer pressure as the scion leafs out.
Using such a large “rootstock” and trimming off any growth other than the growth of my scion this particular scion grew in excess of 6’ in a single year. Even after pruning multiple times to keep the scion from breaking.
Dennis. If you’re somewhat close I can hook you up with plenty of pear scion.
Cody Smith wrote:I'm located in South Florida but am free to stay somewhere else until the summer. I've been considering finding a place to exchange labor for experience. I'm interested in learning more about gardening and also learning to work with cattle. I've been around cows before for a short time but my experience got cut short unfortunately. Pretty sane, drug free 25yo college student taking a semester break here.
Hi Cody. Thanks for reaching out.
I’m pretty booked up at the moment. Maybe later on into the summer I’ll have a spot available.
james black wrote:Hey Jay. I’m located only 1.5 hours away from you with a 100 acre homestead in MS. I’m seeking similar things as you as we slowly develop this raw land. My lady’s parents live just across the Bankhead forest from carbon hill. We’ll be visiting them for christmas. Maybe we could get together and talk sometime. Feel free to direct message me on here. There seems to be precious few like minded folks in this area. I look forward to hearing from you.
Are you trying to sell just piglets? If so i believe it’s the wrong time of the year for piglets.
Not many people want to have the burden of raising piglets through the winter.
Piglets in early spring ( feb-March) s a good time to start raising piglets for people who want to harvest a full grown 300lb+ hog in the fall.
Piglets in early summer (April-May) is a good time for people wanting to feed out aroasting pig for July 4th.
Breeds play a large part in being able to demand a high price for piglets.
Pure breeds with papers that kids can raise for 4H club are good but have a higher initial cost.
Rare heritage breeds. AGH, Mangalista, Kune Kune are other good choices.
Advertising or market demand are other reasons things don’t sell.
If you search your area for piglets for sale. How many pop up?
Craigslist is a good free standard.
Up until recently we was able to sell in FB livestock groups.
Have you put up a sign at the end of your driveway or posted a flyer at a local feed store?
Drew Gaugler wrote:I'm amazed at how many times some guys comment the same or very close to the same thing to multiple women on here. It is quite humorous if you start looking. It's like they have one go to pickup line.
Drew, it would be a safe bet that 100% of those guys are scammers. I’m assuming all the women know this.
Plans and more plans
More often than not I get off course but the end goals rarely change.
More money coming in than going out, with out having to work a fulltime+ job.
Develop my property as a working permaculture oasis.
Spend more time working on my land.
I have two kids.
Nine year old boy and a two year old girl.
Not looking to have anymore biological kids at all.
Upgraded my property this past year. Doubled my acreage and everything about my property for not much my than my old property.
No intentions on moving again.
6’1” 200lbs. Blue eyes brown/blonde hair.
I have a birth mark on my head that’s left a strip where I don’t grown hair. It’s weird and I’ve never thought much of it (and still don’t). A potential suitor although pointed out that it bothered her. Oh well.
I ran cross country and track in hs and college and still keep in pretty good shape. But I believe if I stay the current course middle age will catch up with me. I have no intentions of that happening though.
I raise and butcher a lot of my own meat. From rabbits and hogs to deer and every fish in the river. Nothing against veganisim but that’s something I’m not interested in.
I haven’t grown a garden in a few years as it takes up a lot of my free time. Although I would definitely prefer to grow st least an acre of annual vegetables in addition to my already ever expanding perennial fruit and nut plantings.
I work 6-7 days a week. I enjoy my job, but would much rather not have to have the obligation to work 12-16hr days that are required for my job.
ISTP. if you hold any weight to that sort of stuff.
Steven Jablonski wrote:Very inspiring but I'm curious what states this setup can be used in. Given it's on wheels it may bypass some laws about tiny homes. I'm looking to buy some cheap land for sale and do this.
I don’t know if any states that make this kind of living illegal.
Most of your more restrictive codes are from local authorities.
Their main course is not of safety but of tax revenue. (More square footage more taxes)
That and people with big houses crying to local gov’t because these more economical houses somehow lower their property value.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Hogs need at least 16% protein to remain healthy, I am not sure an all fruit diet would be able to provide that level of nutrition, a grass and fruit diet would work pretty well though as does the Spanish grass and acorn diet used for Iberico hogs.
While rooting, pigs are not looking exclusively for roots. IMO that is extra stuff. They are really looking for worms, grubs, beetles, and the occasional rodent they manage to corner.
We catch big blue cats in the dead of winter here in AL.
In the winter you can go behind a certain dam near Tuscaloosa, AL and there is a side creek that comes in creating a 4-6ft deep shelf about 1/3rd its way out into the river.
The big blues will come and stage on the down river backside of the shelf and wait for dead and dying threadfin shad to float by.
This cat was caught in less than 6ft of water with an outside temperature below freezing.
The water temp. being so cold the fish was pretty laid back in coming to the boat. Total fight might have took less than 5 min.
The scale showed 70lbs but he felt larger than that.
Pics and release on all these big cats.
If fishing for cats to eat myself I rarely keep anything larger than 16”. By the time you cut the head off it’ll fit perfectly in my jumbo skillet.
Just a bit of an update on the progress on the little cabin.
It's sat practically untouched for the better part of nearly two years.
I'm putting a bit of effort into it now and hopefully will put the final touches on it by the fall of the year.
Reclaim all over. Tongue and groove walls, hardwood floors, tile!, barn tin siding, 750 gallon water catchment, three 30”x50” windows, full size bed with a twin sized bed on the top bunk, micro wood heater, vaulted ceilings, screen door, 8’x12’ porch.
All packed into 96sqft. (8’x12’)
Micro bungalow in the off season. (Non deer season nov-feb)
The most plush shooting house you’ll ever spend the day and night in!
Airbnb and Cabin Porn bound (as soon as I finish it up)
Jay Grace wrote:I just moved my hogs about 1000 yards.
I constantly and purposely feed my hogs in a different location every feeding.
This way it trains my pigs to follow me instead of running to a fed trough.
I go out and holler for the pigs, shake the feed bucket and they come running.
I feed in the afternoon. I skipped feeding the night before I moved them.
First thing that next morning I took all the portable fencing down minus the one section containing the pigs.
Set up all the portable fencing (minus one that contained the pigs.) in the new location.
Leaving an entrance open.
They need to have a pretty clear path to the new location. I ran into a bit of a snag crossing a creek. 3/4 of my hogs grabbed a drink then kept on following me. My one lazy hog decided it was nap time and layed down in the creek.
I left her as the others were coming along very well.
After I got the others to the new location I came back for the lazy one. She got bored with the water and walked back to the house looking for food and was pretty confused when she got back and everything was gone water, feed barrels, other hogs, and fence.
I snatched her up (75lbs) and put her in the back seat of my suburban and I just drove her over.
Stressful on her, yes. But it was 2pm by that time and 94degrees here in AL.
The new area is a small pond I just had dug. Running the hogs in there to help ensure the bottom gets properly sealed up.
yes, the pen goes well around the pond. Instead of focusing on the bottom area. The weather forecast is calling for 3-4 days of rain. So there is the possibility of this pond filling up this weekend.
There are well over 300yards of off contour swales catching water from roughly 4 acres. The pond only being 6ft deep and not much more than 50 yards diameter should fill up fairly quick.
Hopefully, it won't drain out as fast.
Jay I just moved them using some fence like you have and it went great! We kept the fences super close together forming a good run. My wife 'led' the pigs and I followed behind them 'encouraging' the slowpokes to keep up! We moved them halfway out to the woods and will bring them the rest of the way today. I am pretty happy as they were really doing a number on the pasture as we have had lots of rain the last week or so.
Josh im glad everything worked out. That premier1 portable fencing is pretty good I’ve had mine for a few years. (There may be better elsewhere but this is the first I’ve bought and don’t have any real complaints) I moved my pigs like that all winter long around the woods so they could eat acorns.
Crt Jakhel wrote:Jay, thanks for your reply. I'm glad the chestnuts should work fine for people too. My family likes roast chestnuts and I have to find a way to keep everybody happy
The reason I mentioned marshy soil, apart from the water, was that I thought I recognized some spiky grass that tends to like waterlogged areas. But that's in Europe, yours might be completely unrelated and my glasses might need an upgrade.
I like your wholesale approach to planting. Sometimes when taking care of plants which do not seem happy one is tempted to say "well, how does it survive on its own in nature then?" - The answer is simply that it doesn't. There's no guarantee that every single tree or a handful of them will make it. It's the sheer numbers that are the basis of survival (and successful selection). Taking care of just 2 acres I can't do it on a scale such as yours but it's always worth bearing in mind.
All the best to you in your search for tenants / partners. Wish I was 20-30 years younger and could help. As my 80-year-old father says: in your head you're always 25, just with more and more aching parts.
You are absolutely right. That is a marsh grass. Parts of my property have very thick clay and where ever there is a depression (from say a bull dozer) that area will hold water nearly all year, especially in the spring time.
I have at least four places on my property that do this. One of which is in my road to get to the property. At its deepest it’s maybe 20” deep and spans nearly 15’. Every animal around seems to visit that water hole. Even though there is a river 300yds away and numerous ponds within a half mile.
So that’s one reason I never just fill them in.
Also, there are thousands upon thousands of tadpoles that make these little pools their home around this time. At night it’s crazy how loud it is out on the property and how many roads are running around.
Crt Jakhel wrote:This looks glorious. Yes, hard work expected but for the right person... Just right.
Since I'm 50 yrs old, many thousands of miles away and taking care of our own property, I can't take you up on the opportunity.
I would however like to ask: is this your first planting of chinese chestnuts or do you already have experience with them including harvesting the nuts? We're in flat land that tends to get frosted out in the spring so grafted extra large European chestnuts (maroni) don't make it here. I've planted 2 (yes, just two) of the Chinese but they are young still.
What is your impression of the nuts - would they be fine for people as well or are they too small / taste different / whatever?
Also, will they really prosper on what looks like quite marshy land on your photo "The start of the chestnut orchard" or is this an experiment?
Crt. It had just rained so there was a bit of water in so old dozer tracks.
This is my largest planting of chestnuts.
I bought seedlings of nine different varieties from route9 cooperative.
The nuts can be pretty substantial. About half the size of a golf ball.
The nuts taste good and harvesting can be done by hand with the aid of a leaf blower.
(Blow them all into a pile and hand pick)
I have a few 4 yr old seedlings trees that have produced a handful of nuts.
My intentions are to pick whatever nuts I can sell and use for myself then finish my hogs on the rest.
Five or ten trees are not going to cut it.
I’m trying to scale up larger than just some backyard hobby farm.
I also have about 200 pawpaw seedlings planted out along with literally a 5 gallon bucket of pawpaw seed over about four acres.