Nearly natural grafting of a pear tree or other fruit trees gardening

13 Mar
The Bartlett pear tree was about 15 years old and not producing well so when I bought a new tree at Lowe’s Garden Ctr. I tried a grafting experiment.
I put the new tree next to the old one and removed bark on the new branch and a branch on the old tree down to the green where the two would touch.  Nails were pounded through the
old and new limbs laid next to one another.  Next, grafting tar was applied or really some roofing tar to seal the union.  A month ago I was able to cut the new limb from the new tree and move the new tree to be planted, since the graft took and the new limb is still alive.  I only wish now I’d grafted more limbs since the old tree will now produce fruit of the new kind on the new limb attached to the old tree.  The potential here is a simple way to use an older tree with strong root system to produce new and different fruit. This is also helpful to get a pollinator for the old tree and vice versa.  While there are other grafting methods, this seems to be a simple way to graft easily and simply that works. Today I noticed leaves are ready to come out.  Don @ live simply workshops
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4 Responses to “Nearly natural grafting of a pear tree or other fruit trees gardening”

  1. Randy C Almendinger March 15, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    USE A CLEAR PLASTIC BOTTLE AS A LIGHTBULB!
    The scheme uses plastic bottles filled with a solution of bleached water, installed into holes made in shanty towns’ corrugated iron roofs, which then refracts the equivalent of 55W of sunlight into the room – during the day, at least. It takes five minutes to make, and using a hammer, rivet, metal sheets, sandpaper and epoxy, it costs $1 to produce.

    Eduardo Carillo, a resident in one of Metro Manila’s many impoverished areas, said: “Before we had the bottle light, the walkways to our house were so dark and going inside made it even darker. The children are no longer scared – they are happy now and they laugh because they can play inside during the day instead of playing in the streets.”

    The idea of using plastic bottles as a light source is not a new one – it was developed in Brazil by Alfredo Moser in 2002. But with the help of a group of MIT students, the solar bulb used in the Philippines has been modified to meet local needs.

    For the full story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/dec/23/sunlight-bulbs-plastic-bottles-light

    You, too, can utilize this concept in sheds, carports, etc. for light during the day to save electricity; or when operating without electricity.

  2. Randy C Almendinger March 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    IN HONOR OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY:

    Irish Herb Lore by Jaime McLeod | Monday, March 14th, 2011
    | From: Featured, Healthy Living

    Nearly every country and culture has its own herb lore – native plants that that were long believed to promote good health, and even good luck, to those who ate, drank, or carried them. Ireland, especially, had a wealth of herbal lore passed on by local healers well beyond the start of the Industrial age, much longer than many other European nations. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a look at some herbal remedies passed down by the “fairy doctors” of old Éire.

    Comfrey Root: Used for healing minor cuts, scrapes, and burns, battling inflammation from diaper rash, varicose veins, and arthritis, and reducing swelling from bruises, sprains, or pulled muscles.

    Dandelion Leaves: Used externally on wounds as an antibacterial, and to remove corns and warts. Used internally to promote healthy kidneys, prevent gallstones, fight jaundice, ease constipation, and soothe edema, joint pain, gout, eczema, and acne.

    Eyebright: A solution of eyebright was used as an eyewash or compress to reduce inflammation from conjunctivitis, eyestrain, styes, and general eye irritation. It was also taken internally for allergies, bronchitis, colds, and sinus infections.

    Feverfew: Used as a remedy for headaches, arthritis, fevers, skin conditions, stomach aches, and asthma. Also used to promote more regular menstrual cycles and ease childbirth.

    Garlic (wild): Used to soothe coughs, asthma, and shortness of breath.

    Hoarhound: Used as a cough expectorant and mild laxative, and to bring on menstruation.

    Marshmallow Leaves: Used in dressings to soothe sprains and swelling.

    Meadowsweet: Used to treat arthritis pain. (Contains salicylic acid, which is chemically similar to an active ingredient in aspirin).

    Muellin: Used as a decongestant and expectorant for respiratory illnesses. Also used to soothe sore throats, treat diarrhea, and cure earaches.

    Nettles: Used to treat rashes, eczema, arthritis, gout, and diarrhea.

    Sphagnum Moss: Used to dress wounds.

    Vervain: Used to promote a healthy liver, fight fatigue, reduce fever, prevent insomnia, soothe asthma, and promote more regular menstrual cycles.

    Willow Bark: Used to treat arthritis pain. (Contains salicylic acid, which is chemically similar to an active ingredient in aspirin).

    Yarrow: Used to reduce bleeding in wounds, ulcers, hemorrhoids, etc. Also used to reduce inflammation and treat aches and pains. (Contains salicylic acid, which is chemically similar to an active ingredient in aspirin).

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