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Comment by Patricia on October 17, 2017 at 1:00pm

Have a great trip Randy!

Comment by kathy: ky on October 17, 2017 at 11:36am
Randy, enjoy yourself.
Comment by Randall Smith on October 17, 2017 at 6:55am

Kathy, I have those wasps (bees?), too. Unfortunately, I can't tell you their name. I've heard they don't sting, however.

Thomas, that's one neat apple tree!

Just as I'm about to leave (for China), trees are about to turn autumn colors. They'll be gone by the time I return. Anyway, with all the ash trees dead from the ash borer, colors aren't as vivid anymore. Wonder if leaves are turning in Beijing?

See you in 3 weeks!  I'll miss you all.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 17, 2017 at 12:17am
Lovely tree Thomas. My personal favorite is the dead looking hydrangea I bought for .50 at Lowes. I the massive one that I have a photo posted of.
Comment by kathy: ky on October 17, 2017 at 12:12am
Interesting article Spud. I like to read gardening articles that are brought up here.

Randy, Daniel, thanks for the information on the voles. And they are what I have been puzzled about for many years. We have a very large population of moles and sometimes on their flat tunnels I would find a friend small holes. I learned a LOT about moles (from reading on how to eliminate them) until I decided moles do more good than harm.
I see a large number of different types of holes in the yard. A couple of weeks ago I saw a couple of sandy spots that I hadn't noticed. I knew they weren't ants so I kept watching them when I was working outdoors and found a wasp of some kind. Digging a little angled dirt mound and going inside. Probably to lay larvae because when it came out it covered the little opening.
Does anyone have any idea what that was?
Thanks all
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2017 at 11:16pm

Daniel, that is an interesting find. A little browsing and I found this: 

"Spanish conquerors exploring the Pacific Northwest in the 1600s came across many Native peoples using the bark of R. purshiana as a laxative. They gave it the name "Sacred Bark" (cáscara sagrada) in honor of its effectiveness. By 1877 the U.S. pharmaceutical company Parke-Davis was producing cascara preparations, and soon afterwards cascara products were being exported overseas to European markets. The explosion of the cascara industry caused great damage to native cascara populations during the 1900s, as a result of overharvesting.[16]

"In 1999, cascara made up more than 20% of the national laxative market in the U.S., with an estimated value of $400 million. The bark itself was worth approximately $100 million. Cascara was found in more drug preparations than any other natural product in North America, and is believed to be the most widely used cathartic in the world.[17]"

~ 16. Johnson, Rebecca & Foster, Steve (2008). National Geographic Desk Reference to Nature's Medicine. National Geographic Books. p. 77. ISBN 9781426202933.

~ 17. Small, Ernest; Caitling, Paul M.; National Research Council Canada (1999). Canadian Medicinal Crops. NRC Research Press. p. 130. ISBN 9780660175348."

It seems you have a valuable crop on your hands. Who would have thought you would make your fortune with a cathartic

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 16, 2017 at 3:48pm


Thanks for the article and it makes sense. However, is there a way to correct the problem now? If the buds are blooming now, then there won't be any buds left to bloom this coming Spring... or hopefully the tree will self correct itself , however, the bloom won't appear until two Springs latter.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 16, 2017 at 2:55pm
Comment by Thomas Murray on October 16, 2017 at 2:29pm

  Hi guys,

  A month ago I bought what appears to be a dying apple tree at Home Depot. So since it was at half price I bought it for $20.00? I can't remember exactly.  So I used an earth digger to dig out a hole and afterwards dumped a whole bag of fertilizer into the hole and plopped the apple tree on top of the fertilizer. I did not mix the fertilizer with the dirt. Then covered the rest of the hole with plain dirt and said a few magic words.      

  Two weeks later, some buds appeared and then some days later this,


   I am not sure what to make of this apple tree blooming in the mid-early Fall. But I am delighted the tree survived  In the background are the plum and pear trees.

  Wadda you guys think this strange behavior of my apple tree blooming in the Fall? The apple tree is Red Delicious.


Comment by Randall Smith on October 16, 2017 at 8:15am

Kathy, you might simply google voles. I usually find only holes, but in my sweet potatoes, I had mounds.

Caught my 3rd possum. I know mothers have large litters, so I may trap another 9 or so!


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