Podcast #197 – Firming Up Our Pecan Strategy

This is the second of two podcasts this year focusing on pecans. Pecans are a big deal for us this year, so we hope you can understand.


Thanks to a great program in Fairhope this week and the opportunity there to visit with several experienced growers, we now know the following about our tiny pecan orchard:

  • 12 trees – three each of Excel (II), McMillan (II), Gafford (I), and Eclipse (I). The roman numeral after each cultivar is its pollination type, which I have included for my own reference as well as for others.
  • 40 foot spacing, probably in a zig-zag line to fit the available space
  • Irrigation with buried drip hose with inline emitters, with two supplemental emitters for each tree, one terminating next to the tree and another 24 inches out
  • Use of geotextile fabric we already have on hand to control weeds

Listen – 22:53

We now know just how important water is to the young pecan trees, so we're watering them regularly while we clear the space to plant them. Oddie wants desperately to be in the middle of all this, but he knows Veg Hill is off limits to him. Isn't he a good dog for waiting so patiently at the gate?
We now know just how important water is to young pecan trees, so we’re watering ours regularly while we clear the space to plant them. Oddie wants desperately to be in the middle of all this, but he knows Veg Hill is off limits to him. Isn’t he a good dog for waiting so patiently at the gate?

Here’s the web site for the Alabama Pecan Growers Association

 

The Longleaf Breeze Perennial Farm Calendar

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