Transplanting apple trees grown from seeds. Since they have 4 or more real leaves they were transplanted to larger pots. To sprout apple seeds place the seeds in a plastic zip lock bag with a damp paper town and place them in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks or more. When you see the seeds sprouting you take them out and place them in pots and keep them moist. Bury the seeds a few millimeters under the soil.
The larger pots were placed in a larger container to control the extra water since they are still being kept indoors to keep them from freezing.
A bear must have climbed this apple tree And broken quite a few branches. This tree hangs over the chicken area so I hope the bear isn’t planning on a chicken snack. This might be the same bear that destroyed the bee hive.
This year I noticed most all the pine trees have dead brown needles. It has been a great year for moisture. My research said that every couple of years pine trees lose some of their needles. As you can see in the close up photo the dead needles are on the part of the limbs nearest the trunk. Looks like the trees are dropping their needles as the limbs grow.
This past week I planted the two yellow delicious apple trees I bought at the end of the season. I decided to plant them at the homestead for a few reasons including to provide more shade for the chickens and because the apple trees already here produced so well this year.
After hearing about how well some trees planted in the fall have done in Texas I excited to be planting some and am looking at buying more to plant at RegenFarms. Some to replace the ones that died this summer.
First I removed the roots from the pot.
Then I untangle as many of the roots as possible to keep them from strangling each other as they grow. Also when I place them in the hole I spread them out in as many directions as possible. This should help the tree establish and grow easier and give it a wider and thus stronger base to ground itself.
I place the trees into a soupy mix of water and mud. I then pulled the roots away from the center and stick them in the mud and or place heavy dirt on top of them to keep them in place.
This is the tree at the corner of the permanent pen but in an area near the temporary runs I setup for the chickens. The other tree is directly in front of the permanent pen which will provide the chickens shade much like the large apple tree to the left of this new one.