Monday, July 11, 2016
Buckwheat is Blooming!! Paw Paw Tree Fail
If you remember last year around the Small-Hold it started raining in May and didn't stop until almost July. We were something around 22 inches above normal in rain by the middle of June and it ended up killing off most of the Buckwheat I planted.
So this year I was prepared. I waited until the end of June to plant my strip of Buckwheat and put my new Paw Paw tree into the ground.
Then it rained like 15 inches on us in about 3 days.
The Buckwheat fared pretty well through it all I must say and is beginning to pop out blooms now. The bees should be going crazy over it in another few days.
My Paw Paw tree? Well it lasted about a week and then died. I have never killed a plant, let alone a tree, so fast in my life. That little tree lived in it's little pot for over a month why I decided on the perfect spot to plant it. I found a little raised area where it would get shade about half the day and what I thought would be good drainage. I dug a good sized hole and filled in around the root ball with rich soil straight out of the compost bin. I staked it and tied it up so the wind wouldn't hurt it....
Then I go over to look at it and all the leaves are wilted and drooping. The next day they are turning brown. I finally dug it back up and put it back in it's pot but I know it's too late. Either there was some type of poison, which I never use, in the compost bin soil or the heavy rains just killed it in a few days.
I never have seen a plant die so fast. I am so depressed I can't even take a picture of the poor dead thing.
If I had just bought it I would think it was just a dud or something but I have had that little tree on the porch in it's pot growing like crazy for well over a month before I planted it. The spot I put it in is less than 10 feet from the spot the other Paw Paw was in that lived until the rabbits ate it.
I guess for some reason I am just not fated to get paw paw trees growing around here. It's particularly depressing too since the Japanese Beetles have pretty much destroyed all my Apple trees this year too.
In fact 2016 has not been a good year for fruit trees around here at all it seems.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!