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Goats and sticks

apple planting day

I was a little worried about having the goats grazing on oats so close to our new apple trees, but it seems like they're not interested in anything with bark yet.



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My own goat has done a number on some of my trees. Thus he's now banned from the orchard. He's stripped macadamia nut trunks and all kinds of citrus trees. The two apple trees were killed the day he decided to completely strip them. Funny thing is that he would peacefully coexist with those trees for months then one day I'd come home to find he debarked 5-6 trees!
Comment by Su Sat Nov 22 17:46:37 2014
I recall a while back you mentioned that you took a workshop on grafting, and I was wondering if you could provide the link or information as we live close to Virginia and would be interested in learning how. Plus, you returned home with several grafts from the course, which seems like a great deal. Feel free to e-mail me your reply, if you prefer. Thank you.
Comment by Simon Sun Nov 23 21:10:42 2014
Simon --- The workshop we took was put on by the local USDA Extension Service. Every county around here has their own extension service office, and each one seems to have their own grafting workshop. Of course, I don't know if your region will be the same, but it's worth looking up your county office and asking!
Comment by anna Wed Nov 26 20:03:32 2014





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