Jay Grace

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since Sep 22, 2012
Muscadines, maypops, mulberries, pawpaw, figs, chestnuts, and pears.
204acres Walker County, Alabama
Cows, hogs, deer, rabbits, and opossums.
Carbon Hill, AL
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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.
5 months ago

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.
6 months ago

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.



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7 months ago
While not an actual tropical.  Pawpaw (asimina triloba)  fits all the looks of a tropical.
Really large glossy leaves and relatively large fruit compared to any other North American fruit.
8 months ago
Asian persimmons are perfect trick or treat items.
They are somewhat firm.
Orange and pumpkinish.
9 months ago
Put your chestnuts in the fridge pretty quick.  If not you’ll get overrun with the chestnut grubs hAtching out

Keep them moist too
9 months ago
Part of my growing cattle herd are 100% wagyu.

The rest are a mish mash of black angus, charolais, and simmental.

Slowly and steadily thinning the under growth of the new 5-8 acre paddocks and limbing trees up as high has the tractor will reach.



9 months ago
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?
10 months ago
so I moved to the new place.  More land, more river, more of every thing.
AND I still have my old place.
It’s no long for sale as i can float both notes.

Here’s an update in pictures.
10 months ago
If you and your partner had a baby. Would every single child be the same?