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A fruitful visit

Honey locust podsWe had a very fruitful visit to Ohio, both literally and figuratively.  I had my eyes peeled for useful seeds and was thrilled to stumble upon a patch of honey locust and osage-orange growing together in a floodplain.  It was easy to gather up two big bags of osage-orange fruits to turn into a hedge, but I had to do some serious foraging to find un-gnawed honey locust pods.  I take this as a very good sign --- if the wild animals are so fond of honey locust seeds, hopefully our idea of feeding honey locusts to pigs will pan out.

The persimmon seeds were even easier to find.  A medium-sized tree near Mark's mom's house is always loaded when we go up for our winter visit, and this time was no exception.  I also pruned her grapes and came away with a big handful of cuttings to turn into new grapevines, assuming the scion wood lasts the winter in the root cellar. 

And, of course, the human part of the visit was great too. :-)

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Remind me how and when to root grape scions. I remember you said to use old wood. Can I wait till time to root them to cut them?
Comment by Errol Sat Dec 5 08:49:43 2009
It's very simple --- see my explanation at It's much better to do what you want to do and wait and cut the wood in the early spring --- I just figured I'd take a chance since I won't be back up to Ohio before then! You should definitely give it a shot --- as long as you have adequate water and don't let the weeds take over, it's hard to go wrong.
Comment by anna Sat Dec 5 11:29:11 2009

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