Novels horticulture propagation 1800's

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Novels horticulture propagation 1800's

The idea of setting new trees on the hill was brought up a long time ago, but as we've gone our way without this kind of program, a new idea has arisen to try to revive it.

With this in mind, one might wonder how we should go about setting trees.

At first glance it may look like we should take out our best rootstocks from trees we want to set and then plant these in the hill and let them work on the soil.

But the fact is that there are two problems with that.

First, most of these rootstocks would end up dying from the lack of water, and they would have the most difficult life from the start.

Second, there is something called grafting, which is when the bud of a living plant is planted into the bark of a dead one. There are thousands of species of plants and trees that use this process. The result is a tree that bears buds, grows from the rootstock on the tree itself.

With rootstocks we have two options. We can use living plants as host plants, and then graft in the bud on a living plant to grow with it. This way it will not only be easier to water, but the seedlings will also have better protection and less stress.

Or we can use a living tree as the host, which in this case is a hybridized seedling of a species that is not yet fully adapted to local soil and climate.

The first step is to find an oak tree that is close to the hill, and remove its bark with a brush. Once it is cleaned of its bark, we need to make a slice down the middle to start splitting it. With this done, we have to use one side of the slice as a donor, and the other as a recipient.

Here's the thing.In order to graft, you need a bud, and for this we need the trunk. We can take it from another trunk, or we can take it from another piece of bark. But I prefer the first option, as it's less destructive to the oak's trunk.

To graft we need an anvil. With an anvil we put the cut piece of bark on the other side of the slice and then strike it with a hard object to make sure that we get a clean cut and a good graft. Then we need a clamp to hold the anvil.

The process is this: we hold the two parts of the bark with the clamp, put the bud on top and then strike them together. In about a month you will be able to harvest the first shoots, and you can then transfer it to the right spot.

Let's say we want to grow an ash tree. Well, here we have the same procedure as with the oak, but it's done with a different type of anvil.

We should always check the trees first to make sure they are healthy, before the cutting. As with the oaks, you have to take one half of the middle and cut it in two so you have one donor and one recipient.

What we have to do here is make sure that the bark of the two parts is clean and that the graft is as tight as possible. Then we can go to the right spots, where we would normally harvest the ash.

When you want to graft some other trees, you can simply keep using the same method, just replacing the bark.

We are done with the trees, let's talk about some practical use of trees.

They are in all countries and we see them every day. But do you know what they are useful for? We use their wood in the construction of houses, as firewood, in furniture, for our pets' toys and even for the cars we use. And I'm sure that you have heard that they can make us drunk too, so in some parts of the world, they are still used to make alcohol from the sap.

You could also see that some people can use their leaves to get clean water. They don't have filters, but there is nothing easier and more effective to catch rainwater.

Do you remember what the ash tree in the backyard is for? This tree makes charcoal.

If we look at the tree, it will be in the shape of a cone, with branches forming circles. The whole tree, the leaves and the branches are full of water.

If you put it in the oven, the steam will heat it and it will start to carbonize. The ashes are then ready to be put in a pan to make good, usable coal.

We can also use the sap and boil it to make alcohol. The best tree to boil it with is the linden tree. If you are lucky, you may see a linden in your backyard, as they are really hard to find.

Another alternative is to boil some leaves or bark from the common ash.

All you have to do is make sure you have no water in them. If you find water in your woods, then do not boil them. Only clean wood can be boiled.

The sap can be boiled in a pot, like our pot from the fireplace.

After it has boiled, it will keep in a bottle for two to three months. I know that it seems a bit much, but it is really useful to get alcohol, to clean wounds, to heal a cough, and many more other things.

But if you boil the leaves or the bark, then you will have some interesting smells in your kitchen. If you want to make them even stronger, then add some alcohol as well.

If you are lucky enough to have linden trees in your backyard, then you will have a delicious tea. You could just make it as you would with your boiling of tree sap, but add some more alcohol in the end.

There are many other things you can make from wood, but I leave that for you to discover. You have two or three months until winter, so be creative!


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