Black Cherry

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

The other cherry trees have lost their flowers. Now the black cherries are blooming along our driveway with their long tassled clusters of white flowers and dark oval green leaves.

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7 Responses to Black Cherry

  1. P L says:

    Cherries are so beautiful fruit i love to see them when they became fully juicy. I have grown many cherry plants at the bank of my fish pond.

  2. Jasmine says:

    I love your posts about flowers and plants. The photos are beautiful. You find the extraordinary in the ordinary and make the beautiful stunning. Each time I learn something new, a plant I have seen but did not know the name of, uses for the plant and other stuff. Thank you for making the easy quick link to Wikipedia.

  3. Walter, two years ago I started blogging and you were the first blogger I ever followed. THEREFORE, you are the first blog friend I am telling…my husband and I are selling our certified organic dairy, beef and hog farm. Going to buy land and produce, preserve only enough meat and veg and fruit for our own survival. We are downsizing…way way down. Plan to use much of what you have taught us about small house living , going back to the land and as far off the grid as we can. And if we fail ? We will of course blame you.

    • You’ll succeed if you’ve built the skills and the financial resources. Interesting, several other people we know are doing similar downsizing too. Maybe it is a new trend. Life is full of twisty little paths, may yours lead in all the right directions and you enjoy the walk!

  4. SALLY ASH says:

    Hello Walter,
    I spent most of last night looking through all your posts to find out about raising baby pigs for the first time for feed. I have horses and goats and we have been cattle (Angus) but have never ventured into pigs before. I so I have 2, 8 week old hampshires that i got from a lady nearby that raises boer goat and really didn’t know what she was doing . I got pig starter mash at the local feed store. but pig raising is not popular here just north of LA so I have been unable to dig up much info. The pigs i have bedded in a horse stall with shavings and water. We wet down their grain ration to paste but they really don’t seen interested. Initially they kept rooting at the back of my hand as they were just weaned and maybe a bit too early. but they were really trying to bite. They really like scraps but i wasn’t thinking that as babies they should be started on that too soon. They are eating the grain ration but they devour up watermelon and papaya i have given them… The feed store said not to feed them corn or straight grain to early as it doesn’t have all the nutrients that need. We want to raise these with as little chemical and antibiotic effect as you said in your blog abut the resistance causing.. but I also understand that you want them to grow properly and be healthy. I have one male (yes castrated) and the other female; brother and sister. I too was told vociferously in animal science class that boar meat will make you run out of the house!! They are much more nippy than i had anticipated and i agree that they should not be fed by hand. I have the same trouble with some horses.. they can’t tell the difference between fingers and food. Also we do have pasture but I am worried about their safety as we have coyotes here and mountain lions as well. I know the coyotes are likely a problem when they are small but how small or big would they have to get before they’d b safe outside.. We have 5 dogs ( labs) 2 of which would likely eat the pigs at this size but they do keep the coyotes away..Maybe also just outside during the day and in at night. I also need to know how to move them.. Right now we can grab them b a hind leg but I know that will also come to an end shortly. I appreciate the info.. Also like the “Decade of Pork” option on you for sale list.

    • They may just be getting used to the feed. Try adding some cottage cheese to it and when wetting it, don’t add too much fluid. If it is pellets just leave it dry. It takes time for them to get used to a new food. Go ahead and let them have the pre-consumer scraps (not post-consumer e.g., plate scrapings) and keep the other foods available like the pellets.

      I would not suggest putting them out on pasture until you have them well used to you and trained to electric fence. You may wish to hard fence any pasture they’re going to go on. At this point they’re small and don’t need much space. A few sections of hog panel with electric wire inside to train will do well. Predators are a big concern. On pasture we supplement with dairy which contains the lysine (protein) they need. Your pig mix should have that.

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