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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passionfruit Trellis Ideas
« on: February 16, 2015, 11:47:24 AM »
I stay away from the fencing or lattice. I had used welded wire fence with rebar posts and ended cutting out all of the fencing except the top. I looked really closely at a youtube video on a commercial farm in Africa and it looked like they were trimming off the tendrils so I started doing that. From what I understand pruning is key with these vines and they are a pain when they get all tangled. I am still new to this but I am expecting a ton of fruit since I was shocked the Purple Possum and Fredericks fruited so quick. I also mulch HEAVILY. I am going to experiment with air pruning pots soon. Good luck! I don't know why my pictures always end up sideways. Maybe someone could help me with that. The images are correct on my computer. Maybe because they are square? :P

This is the muscadine trellis with dragon fruit growing up the poles

That attaches to the passion fruit wire

which attaches to the espalier trellis

Simple fence post with wire for the Giant Granadilla

Freshly reworked and pruned rebar post with welded wire top

YES PLEASE! I've had some excellent burns and a few with more smoke then I would like. I am building my next kiln this week. I would love your method. I am OBSESSED with biochar.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone use mason bees for pollinators?
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:59:13 AM »
I have some cut bamboo that I am going to tie together for housing. What I thought were mason bees in my yard were actually leaf cutter bees. They would nest in the ends of the bamboo I was building with in the yard. I would see them flying around holding a large piece of leaf. They really seemed to love the Moringa flowers they most. They are very large and look like bumble bees. I may have mason bees around too but I noticed the tell tale circular leaf cuts here and there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Biochar or charcol for your fruit trees
« on: February 14, 2015, 12:13:03 PM »
Here is a pic of mine blazing away at night. I LOVE LOVE LOVE biochar. I innoculate with AACT from worm castings with fish and seaweed emulsion. I pee in it as well from time to time. So far everything is growing very well. I just put my first bareroot trees in with the 20% biochar dug in before planting. I'll see how they do but all three are budding out nicely. I'm not sure why my pic is uploading sideways. HAHA


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Biochar or charcol for your fruit trees
« on: February 14, 2015, 12:00:30 PM »
Here's a look at an example of the drum we use to make the char.

How are those extra large holes in the afterburner working out for you? I am about to make my second top/afterburner and I might try your design.  Mine has small holes around the top and on the bottom of the chimney. It works pretty good but there are times that I get smoke. It is most likely from the material not being bone dry though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Scion stacking
« on: February 14, 2015, 11:53:55 AM »
This sounds amazing. I'll have to give you some wood off of my "Champaign" loquat. Let's see how frankenstein you can get. Good luck!

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