steve bossie

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since Sep 10, 2015
Northern Maine, USA (zone 3b-4a)
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I've bending it for 7 yrs with no damage.
1 week ago
mucks are the way to go when it gets really wet. though not really snake proof a snake would have a hard time penatrating
rubber and then connecting with your leg. ;)
1 week ago
I've read a lot about them and from what i understood, once you have them, you'll never get rid of them until they deplete your soil of food and move on. even if it gets cold enough to kill them their egg casings will survive to start over in spring. they are very aggressive. when i was in the army in alabama in 1989, i found a bunch of them digging a foxhole so they have been in the south for at least 3 decades. it freaky how fast they move. they used to  be sold for fish bait until they realized how invasive they were.
1 week ago
i harvest it all the time here on yellow and white birch. my biggest was a 30lber growing on a 6ft wide yellow birch. was bigger than a 5 gal pail. I've tried the tincture and didn't care for the taste but drink the tea with honey daily. in fall after leaf fall i can find 50lbs in a morning riding the woods roads. i find a lot of fall oysters at the same time.
1 week ago
for hiking boots Asolos are even better than keen and made in Romania instead of china. the quality is top notch and i get about 2 years hard use out of them before the soles wear out. if we still had a cobbler around you could probably resole and get another 2 yrs. out of them as the uppers are still in good shape.
1 week ago
like was a mentioned grow on mounds with half compost and pure peat moss. that should make it plenty acidic. if a few years down the road they start getting red leaves, you may need to amend with a ring of sulfur every other year to keep ph down but thats only if you don't have acidic soil to begin with. a soil test could tell you for sure.
3 weeks ago
i prefer to get green arborist wood chips to use as mulch. weeds won't grow in green chips and as long as they stay on top they won't rob N. put down 3in. of fresh every spring. don't have to water or fertilize anymore.
1 month ago

Greg Martin wrote:

steve bossie wrote:i have a wild chokecherry that has purple leaves on my property. i potted up some volunteers if your interested. new growth is green but turns purple by july.



Thank you Steve, sounds very nice.  I would be interested.  PM sent.  Have you ever run across the Robert chokecherry?  It has red leaves and grape sized fruit.  I think it's only in Canada, but I would very much love to get one or else seeds from one if anyone knows how I could get some.  Here's a picture of Robert chokecherry.

never hears of it. would be nice to have it here. ever hear of rabina mountain ash?. its berries are much bigger and sweeter than reg. mountain ash. i think its from russia.
1 month ago
mines surviving under my red pines so its never produced cherries but the ones in full sun nearby produce heavily so once this one is in full sun it should produce well. i make chokecherry jam every summer.
1 month ago
i have a wild chokecherry that has purple leaves on my property. i potted up some volunteers if your interested. new growth is green but turns purple by july.
1 month ago