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Page 28 THE QUODDY TIDES 9 February, 2018 Fruit tree pruning, grafting talks planned Healthy Acadia and the Indian Town- trees can produce enough apples to supply ship Food Pantry will offer two free fruit several families with fresh apples, cider, tree workshops: "Pruning Apple Trees," vinegar, sauce, dried fruit and more. Trees on Saturday, February 10, with a snow that are not pruned will experience de- date of Saturday, February 17, and "How creased fruit production and reduced fruit to Graft Apple Trees," on Saturday, March size, and the fruit is often located higher 10, with a snow date of Saturday, March in the tree. 17. The workshops will take place from "Pruning and grafting require only a 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Indian Township few tools, and the techniques are simple Recreation Center. and fun to learn," says Healthy Acadia The workshops are part Of Indian Washington County Food Programs Man- Township Food Pantry's efforts to create ager Regina Grabrovac, who will be lead- a community garden where people can ing both workshops. learn to grow a variety of fruits, vegeta- The February 10 pruning workshop will bles and herbs, as well as how to cook and be held outdoors; the March 10 workshop prepare healthy and delicious meals with will include an indoor grafting demon- locally produced food. stration, with outdoor exploration if time Pruning is best done when trees are still allows. Scion wood will be available. dormant - from late January into March For additional information, please con- in this region, depending on the winter, tact either Grabrovac at (207) 255-3741 Apple trees are pruned both for ease of or or Janet fruit access and to encourage increased at Indian Township Food Pantry at 796- fruit production. A few well-pruned apple 2781. Emerald ash borer threat being monitored The emerald ash borer (EAB) is one of patches on their bark, created when wood- the most serious invasive species threat- peckers excavate overwintering larvae and Animals and pets ening Maine's ash resources and forests, prepupae. This appearance has been by Fred Gralenski lect one seed then go off to a branch and All species of ash that grow in Maine are termed "blonding of ash." However, not I like all critters, even though a lot of whack on it to open and secure the kernel, susceptible to injury and death by the em- all ash with blonding have been attacked them, like ticks and mosquitoes, are not Twofer would carefully take two seeds, erald ash borer. This threat is of particular by emerald ash borer. For more informa- very lovable. If I was given the power to and I never saw how he handled his prize, interest for Native tribes in the region, as tion about blonding, follow the top link eliminate from this world any organism Many red squirrels achieved the pseu- brown ash is the traditional material used for "blonding on ash" from this website: entirely I would have to pass on that re- do-pet rank, but my favorite was Tufted- for tribal basket-making. . sponsibility, because I would have to tail. Now, squirrels rank way above birds There are currently known EAB infes- To report suspected EAB damage and know everything about that plant or ani- in their ability to bite, and I have been tations in 31 states and three Canadian for more information, please visit mal and its association with everything bitten by several squirrels, but not by Tuft- provinces. The closest infestations to . else. That would require many lifetimes, ed-tail. She did threaten me once when I Maine are in New Hampshire, Massachu- setts and Quebec. This insect has not been especially given my limited powers to add tried to carefully pat her. I feel that is a r or detract. That doesn't mean that I don't major difference between pets and pseu- discovered in Maine yet. Organization offe s swat mosquitoes and squash ticks if they do-pets. Pets generally like to be touched, With new finds of the invasive beetle ti p cross my path, because I know that there but pseudo-pets do not. ever closer to Maine's borders, monitor- S an tree pruning are lots of them, and I know I have a fight Other memorable pseudo-pets have ing continues to be important. The Maine Whether in forests or yards or lining Forest Service (MFS) and other groups streets, all trees need their space. Trees to protect my precious - at least to me - been Sally Snake, a Maritime garter snake use. several methods to monitor for the that are pruned and thinned properly are skin. that liked fish worms, and Wally Weasel, a insect, including trapping, visual surveys, more productive and produce quality fruit. Now what about pets? I consider a pet long-tailed weasel that I fed meat scraps, trap trees, biosurveillance, outreach and Despite the wintry weather, February is as an animal that enjoys my company and He wasn't around in my barn very long, education, and following up on reports the proper time to be trimming back fruit forgives my minor transgressions. I don't so I never trained him to eat out of my from the public, trees and also a good time to reflect on know of any insects, even honeybees, that hand, which was probably the wisest thing Those who girdled trap trees in the how valuable trees are to all communities, fall into that definition. The commonest to do, but he seemed fine with me holding spring of 2017 should plan to bring those whether in the country or the city, and things that I might define as pets that are a paper cup of meat scraps. Of course the to the log-peeling workshop in Augusta at learn how to care for them properly. around here in the Quoddy region are do- other denizens and pseudo-pets of my the MFS Bolton Hill facility on Wednes- Pruning and thinning trees in the forest mestic animals like dogs, cats and horses, barn, deer mice, probably didn't like this day, February 21. A second workshop at help them produce seeds and food for I don't have any pets, because our life- aspect of collaboration. Acadia National Park will take place short- birds and other wildlife. Trees located in style seems to be too busy with other By far the most memorable pseudo-pet ly thereafter, with the exact date to be deter- orchards and yards also require space and things. We have in the past had a dog and was Polly the Perplexing Partridge. Now, mined. For more information or to sign up pruning. Trees found along city streets cat, which someone abandoned, but we Polly wasn't a partridge at all but aruffed for one of the workshops, please contact benefit from protective guards in order to generally enjoyed their company for al- grouse, and she did not come looking for Patti Roberts at keep people and pets from trampling them most two decades. The "pets" that we have a snack, but apparently out of curiosity or 207-287-2431. or compacting the soil around them. now - pseudo-pets, are generally tempo- about people. She was a little timid at This spring and summer the Maine De- Healthy trees produce more oxygen, while rary visitors that learn to tolerate us if we first, but she quickly became comfortable partment of Agriculture, Conservation and taking in carbon dioxide and improving keep the bird feeders full. Some of these with all visitors and took privileges by Forestry will work with partners to aug- air quality. get pretty tame but still never are bona landing on them. Polly didn't like corn or ment current trapping plans. Consider planting more trees. For more fide pets, even though their personalities seeds but delighted in berries like moun- Winter is an excellent time of year to be information on trees, please contact the and physical features might be noticed, tain ash or highbush cranberries. Polly on the lookout for infested trees. Ash trees Washington County Soil and Water Con- Chickadees and red-breasted nuthatch- didn't like to be touched and boldly that have been infested by emerald ash servation District at (207) 255-4659 or es seem to be the easiest birds to reach the pecked the hand that would try. I was very borer are often recognized by the bright . pseudo-pet status, which is eating out of interested in this bird and wondered if she my hand. I think my favorite chickadee had a brood if the youngsters would also was Twofer. Lots of chickadees over the have the same personality. 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