Jay Grace wrote:Any of those that have messaged me in the past three months and are still interested shoot me a pm or text me at 2o5 53o 4six 4two
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 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.