After a couple days of filming, a week of work, a lot of being mad at my cheap camera’s autofocus and a lot of editing… it’s here!
In the film I cover how to perform three grafts: the whip and tongue, the side veneer graft and the cleft graft. I graft nectarines onto peach, loquats onto loquat and apple onto apple, plus cover some of the crazier cross-species grafting you can pull off. I talk tools (and how cheaply you can graft!) and show off some healed grafts so you can see how your fruit trees will eventually end up.
You’ll also learn how to lose your fear of grafting forever.
Get it here!
The film isn’t perfect, as the focusing on the camera at points was a bit off (we re-shot grafts multiple times and still had issues), so that’s why I’ve decided to offer this film on a donation basis, with all donations going towards the purchase of a professional camera.
Now – even though it’s not perfect – it really IS a good instructional and will get you started painlessly down the road to grafting nirvana. I’m just a perfectionist and the minor camera blurs drive me nuts.
After watching a lot of reviews, I’ve decided to save up for the Canon 70D since it does both excellent video and still shots. I can only take things to a certain level in Photoshop with my current camera – a better one will be a huge help, particularly with photographing insects, fungi, seeds and, of course, grafts.
So this morning I made a handy chart:
Isn’t that great?
Don’t you want to donate a HUGE amount now and get a grafting video as our gift to you for supporting this noble cause?
Please give. Think of the children.
Thank you, folks.
BTW, if you don’t have any money to donate, I think you can just download Get Grafting! for free by donating $0.00. I’d rather have you take the film if you’re short on funds. Seriously, don’t feel obligated to give. If the info will help you grow more of your own food, take it.
Donation sent..that will put a few bucks closer to the new camera..
Thank you – that’s great.
As of 12:54 EST, we’re now 1/129 of the way there!
Just as an FYI from a former camera junkie… You don’t need a full frame SLR. The cannon T5 is perfectly capable of taking great pictures and wonderful videos. Half (Or less) the cost, too. Easier formatting and really for the cost difference you’d be better off with it as the extra $ could go to upgrading the lenses, etc. I have no affiliation to Sam’s club, but they have some great prices on these cameras. ($499. with kit lenses right now) I’d love to see you keep making videos and getting great pictures out in the garden so going this route will also get you the equipment you need faster. 🙂 Watch out for the learning curve, it’s addicting to try so many different things!
Thanks for the suggestion, Barb. I’m not a camera junkie, for sure, but will look further into the T5.
One of the main draws of the 70D is the high-tech autofocus. I actually have a previous Canon Rebel (over a decade old) with three lenses I can use on the new one, plus a good hard case. I originally looked at the T5, then after all the autofocus issues with my current Nikon figured it would be worth springing for a camera that will blur less and last me longer.
Go get the camera.
Unbelievable. I am blown away you just did that.
Thank you. My wife and kids can’t believe it either.
Pleased to see you have the camera. Love the video. Enjoy the blogs and books. I’ve actually bought both kindle and paperback version of several. Shambala, it’s not the first time I’ve heard you mention this…. looked around and cannot locate. I’m interested in obtaining. Any chance you know where one might be able to get or if possible you might have a cutting or an already grafted seedling that can be shipped to me in Jacksonville, FL?
Thank you, Aaron.
Cuttings of loquat trees rarely take without a lot of work – if you know how to graft, however, I could send you scion wood.
“Shambala” was named by Oliver Moore. He’s a hard guy to track down, however. He thinks it’s actually another named variety but he can’t nail down the exact pedigree.
Scion, that’s the word i was looking for. I knew I had it incorrect… Honestly I haven’t tried grafting but after the video I’m more than willing to give it a go. Not scared of failure, I’ll try and try again… It;d be awesome if I can get on the first go round. Let me know how we can arrange.
I’m actually thinking of grafting on my peach tree as well. Its a couple years old I believe Early Elberta… However it’s out in full bloom with some baby peaches already. Think i need to wait until next year?