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I was out browsing some magazines in the last month at Borders. Saw an article on growing standard apple trees trained to wire fence in the backyard. I think the guy that wrote the article was in Ohio, but I don't remember what magazine it was. He also talked about having a little nursery in his backyard and this was in an urban setting. One of the things the article discussed was the fact that standard rootstocks would life longer than dwarfing stocks. I would like to buy a back issue of this magazine if I can. Any suggestions?
Things are well. Would like to catch up with you sometime in the next couple weeks and take a ride out to see how your homestead is and discuss your neck of the woods. Were thinking about moving out in your general direction. I think I figured out what magazine it was---Hobby Farms June/July 2003 and the article was called "Apples of Antiquity" where the author discussed growing standards in his backyard by espalier and he also covered the small scale nursery he has with this method in his urban backyard. I contacted the publisher and ordered a back issue, assuming that I am correct about the magazine. My searching only turned this article up so I assume its the correct one. Talk to you soon, got 20+ lbs of garlic to plant this weekend and winter cover crops.
Tom, you may want to contact Mr. Lee Calhoun (I refer to him as the "apple man"). He has kept many heirloom apple trees in existance over many yrs, many of then requiring little (if any) spraying for bugs and such because of their traits.
I don't know if he does espalier but he is certainly a warehouse of information. He lives around Pittsboro. Email if you'd like his number.
By the way, there is a great little house and land for sale not far from me. If I wasn't so settled in here I'd buy it in a heart beat. You might be interested in it (perfect location for a small ag bizness). Call me.