John Steinbeck in praise of the art of grafting…

It’s almost time for grafting the fruit trees again. Here’s what John Steinbeck had to say about this skill:

The men who graft the young trees, the little vines, are the cleverest of all, for theirs is a surgeon’s job, as tender and delicate; and these men must have surgeons’ hands and surgeons’ hearts to slit the bark, to place the grafts, to bind the wounds and cover them from the air. These are great men. (John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, 1939)

It’s more than 75 years since Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath, but so much of it remains pertinent today.

 

 

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