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  • O/T The decoys are ripening

    I grow mulberry trees mostly to keep the birds out of my blueberries as they would rather eat them than the blueberries but dang those things are good..........

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  • #2
    The buds on my Russian mulberry (Morus Alba) trees were just starting to swell and it snowed 6 inches today. Color me green...
    Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b


    • #3
      I'd rather be eating the blueberries.... which today I was.
      SoCal, zone 10.
      www.ourfigs.com Invite your friends. http://www.ourfigs.com/core/images/smilies/smile.png


      • WillsC
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        Yep I have started picking as well.

    • #4
      Your harvesting fruit and I still have a month and half to my frost free date....... Heavy sigh!!!
      Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

      “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison


      • GregMartin
        GregMartin commented
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        I know!!! I checked the time stamp thinking this must be posts from last year...

      • WillsC
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      • COGardener
        COGardener commented
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        Wills, you and Hershell sure are swaying to the pros and cons about moving.

    • #5
      I love mulberries! But don't harbor any thoughts of hanging clothes out to dry if there's one within a mile of your place. Let's just say that there's a reason my Mom's sheets have purple polka dots.....
      Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep


      • #6
        We just got 5 inches of snow!!!

        Extremely jealous Wills.
        Kevin (Eastern MA - Zone 5b/6a)


        • Taverna78
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          Sì here also snow Also 22F now next few day chit

      • #7
        Wills, those look delish. I was gifted a rooted mulberry cutting this year and it has really taked off big time. I wish my fig trees would grow so well.
        Jerry, Canyon Lake TX 8b


        • #8
          They do grow fast. Those things and I are in a constant war as it wants to be a tree and I insist it will be a bush.
          Last edited by WillsC; 04-04-2016, 08:47 PM. Reason: typo


          • #9
            I was considering training one down a fence line like a grape vine. Wonder if it will work? Oh well guess I will have to try....when all this stupid new snow melts!
            Hi my name is Art. I buy fig cuttings-so I can grow more figs-so I can sell more figs-so I can buy more fig cuttings-so I can grow more figs....


            • #10

              Yep it will work just fine. After harvest you prune them and then all the new growth will have fruit the next spring. It is a good way to keep them small.


              • #11
                Does it really work as a decoy? i am considering getting some yaupon holly to use as a hedge and for the honeybees. i was concerned about the holly berries attracting more birds to my yard than before, and eating my other crops. i think they may prefer figs and blueberries over holly. So, decoy or invitation ???


                • #12

                  Your resident birds are always there so you are not drawing in new birds. As long as they ripen at the same time it does work. It is just a matter of which they prefer and in this case they prefer the mulberries over the BB and the mulberries ripen in the exact same window as the BB.