This is a continuation of yesterday's post which explained the start of the
Aneta Community Orchard and Garden.
Not all of the work that goes into planting an orchard happens at the planting site.
Bill taught us how to take cuttings from existing hardy fruit trees and start new trees. A volunteer researched patents on trees to be sure that we were using native varieties or those without patents. We then proceeded to cut tender branch tips from trees in order for them to take root and produce more trees.
The cuttings were placed into soil and transported.
This is a misting chamber. The proper humidity and temperature should help the cuttings root.
Those who attended this work day were inspired by the success we witnessed in this orchard and learned many lessons from our patient teacher, Bill.
Pop cans are placed on top of steel fence posts to hold netting up without poking or slipping down. This tip was gleaned from a road trip that the group took to an another community garden. Gardens are a great place to recycle.
On another work day we potted root stock. A hardy apple tree had been cut down. Although it was mostly dead above ground, there were still live roots. It sent root shoots out into the surrounding ground and little trees popped through the ground.
The trees were carefully removed from the ground preserving as much root as possible.
The trees were potted by volunteers.
The pots were taken home and tended by volunteers.
After each tree establisheded in the pot, it was transplanted into the orchard.
The little trees are spending the Winter under the snow at the Aneta Community Orchard and Garden. These will be used as root stock for grafting.
There is always something to learn at the Aneta Community Orchard and Garden located near the road to GriggsDakota. More tomorrow...