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Grafting Citrus

Today I grafted several kinds of satsuma mandarin to my Oakland, California, backyard orange tree (some kind of Navel) and Eureka lemon tree. I followed several Fruit Mentor videos: mostly this one, but grafting to cut-off branches rather than a whole tree; and I did one t-graft (but with a stick rather than a bud; which I now see is perhaps not actually a proper method at all, but we’ll see what happens) and one cleft graft, just in case one works better than the others.

I did not have citrus parafilm so I used a combination of electrical tape pulled taught, then Glad Press n’ Seal (sort of like kitchen version of parafilm, but not as strong), then more electrical tape and a rubber band, then foil on top to keep sunlight from drying it out. I ordered the budwood from CCPP; it was $18 for six buds of four varieties, plus whatever FedEx shipping is; they haven’t sent me an invoice yet. Maybe I don’t know how to count buds properly, but it seems like in many cases they sent me twice what I ordered, two sticks rather than one. I used ’em all, why not have more chances at success.

Here’s the gallery of grafts, we’ll see how they are at the end of the summer.

Romesco Sauce

My wife loves this stuff.  This is closely based on Deborah Madison’s version in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

Romesco Sauce

1 slice bread fried in olive oil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup hazelnuts
4 cloves garlic
2 Tbs red pepper flakes
1 tsp paprika
4 roma tomatoes
1 Tbs fresh parsley leaves (optional)

Put all ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth-ish.

Yes on 37

Michael Pollan: “[M]any of America’s biggest food and beverage makers — including PepsiCo, Nestlé, Coca-Cola and General Mills — have together ponied up tens of millions of dollars to, in effect, fight transparency about their products.” (Vote Yes on 37, Californians).