Experiments with grafting
week's lunchtime series is a little unusual. I usually either
titillate you with a topic I feel (semi-) expert on, or highlight the
most interesting facts from a book. But topworking my pears was
so educational (and photo rich) last week that I decided to bring you
along and let you walk through the process with me.
I have to admit, though,
that I'm far from an expert at grafting.
I've taken a couple of workshops and read a few websites and chapters
on the topic, but I'm still very much learning. I'm also
experimenting with ways to graft without buying the tools and
supplies most grafters think they need since I figure if I went out to
find the official
tools for every project I wanted to try on the homestead, we wouldn't
have room for them even in our huge barn.
Which is all a long way
of saying that I hope those of you with more
experience will chime in this week and point me in a different
direction if you think I'm going astray. And, as for the rest of
you with even less experience than me, take this series with a grain of
salt --- this is the way I did it, not necessarily the way you should.
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