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Bill Bird is cutting back on whip grafting, above, in favor of an experiment with bud grafting.

Sacramento Connect: Best of Blogs

Published: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6CALIFORNIA LIFE

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings: sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com

Bill Bird of Natomas, author of Sacramento Vegetable Gardening, discovers a new method of grafting fruit trees – and sees the diversity of his backyard orchard multiply:

"This grafting technique allowed me to graft four Loring peach buds onto the trunk of my O'Henry fruit tree. It allowed me to place four Suncrest Peach buds on the strongest branches of the June Pride peach tree. Four of the strong, fruit-bearing branches on the Fuji apple tree hold Braeburn apple grafts. There's more to list here, but I'm sure you get the idea.

"And now the $64 question: Will this method work? … As with any gardening experiment? Only time and patience will tell. When the first buds of spring emerge, I'll either have a large smile on my face, or it's 'more practice needed.' "

Read more at: http://sacramentogardening.blogspot.com

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