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Apple tree prunings are tasty

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by charly, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. charly

    charly Guest

    Have about 18 out of over 50 trees pruned out so far... The deer are loving it! I'm doing my trees some good and feeding the deer at the same time... a very green thing;)

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  2. bmblank

    bmblank Minister of Fire

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    Could eat them deer to fuel your tree pruning. Its the circle of life! :)
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  3. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    Exactly, plump them up before fall!
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  4. ScotO

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    You can see by looking at them deer how mild the winter was this year. They look plump and healthy already!

    Save some of those prunings for cooking on the firepit. Green apple branches thrown on the coals make some mighty tasty DEER STEAKS.....;)
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  5. charly

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    I 'll have loads of branches,,, Have two big piles in my woods from when I did a crown elevation on all 50 trees two years ago... Owner before we bought the place hadn't touched them in 10 plus years... You couldn't even get near or under the trees.. Took me two winters to do the crown elevation work on all 50..Made nice collar cuts so all the cuts healed nice,,, Charlie Overkill:)
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  6. ScotO

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    ;lol;lol::-) Just like that chicken coop done "overkill-style"...

    Sounds like a great place you got there, Charlie. I'm jealous......
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  7. milleo

    milleo Feeling the Heat

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    Deer meat...Mmmmm....
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  8. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Apple trees. Just a fine tree all around. They provide apples, firewood, woodworking wood, smoker wood, browse for the deer and blossoms for the orioles and hummingbirds.

    Nice pics. Fine looking deer.
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  9. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Had some deer steaks cooked over apple last weekend. I'd do it again. They were good.
  10. ScotO

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    That's one of the ONLY ways I cook 'em......
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  11. Thistle

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    Disston (Plus their main competitors E.C.Atkins of Indianapolis & Simonds of Fitchburg,Mass) used apple for the handles on their mid level & finest hand saws from the 1870's to the late '30's.Its hard to air dry - even straight grained knot free pieces - very large shrinkage because of its density,can crack & warp/twist a great deal.I have a few planes of that made by several unknown late 19th century artisans.Plus made a 'wheelwright's jarvis (half-round shave) & 1 1/4" rounder plane used in making dowels & rods.
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  12. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Agreed on that. I have a few apple pieces from the old tree in my yard awaiting a project, but I keep thinking of the difficulty working them up.
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    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Some potters prize apple ash for use in glazes over other wood ash.

    I used to save them as snacks for my house rabbits- they loved them
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    peakbagger Minister of Fire

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    The down side is that those deer are being trained to eat the buds. My freid with an orchard in NH has had his crop ruined a couple of times when deer move in and clean off all the buds on the trees. He ends up with apples on the top branches where they couldn't reach when they were standing up on 4 or 5 feet of snow. He has an electric fence but they will figure out when its tripped and in about 4 or 5 nights will strip every bud.
  15. charly

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    The deer where eating the buds long before we bought the farm.. but I understand what your saying.. I'll have to get a nuisance permit and thin out the herd;)

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