Planting the 2020 apples
This spring's graftees didn't grow as vigorously as in year's past. I think the issue was mostly that their row
was a bit too shady, but the deer-nibbling session in midsummer didn't
help either. Still, I suspect they'll do fine now that I've moved them
to more secure and sunnier spots.
Kayla and I transplanted eleven little apples Wednesday, mulching just around the bases of the trees then planting rye
in between. It's way too late in the year for even that winter-friendly
cover crop, but it's been such a mild season I figured I'd give it a
shot anyway. If the rye gets overwhelmed by weeds, I'll just kill mulch
in the spring and start over.
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