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Comment by Randall Smith on October 12, 2018 at 7:11am

Daniel, your chestnuts look exactly like buckeyes. I think I mentioned that we planted some chestnut trees on the farm. Can't recall ever eating one.

Can't recall, either, how long it took before my persimmon trees produced fruit. Nate took some to market, but they didn't sell. I won't force them on him anymore.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 12, 2018 at 5:50am

I've only ate chestnuts one time.  I bought some from the store and tried them raw.  Didn't taste good.  Roasted them.  Didn't taste good.  Put them in the compost pile.

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 11, 2018 at 11:25pm

Randy, how long did it take for your persimmon trees to start bearing?

I enjoy starting trees from seeds.  I’ve grown plums, peaches, maples, ginkgos from seeds.  All of the fig trees were from cuttings. Also some of the plums.

Today are the first ever chestnuts.  I bought the tree mail order less than 2 years ago. This tree had 2 female flowers among the many makes. I pollinated it with pollen from the tree I planted nearby. We will roast and eat them ina couple of days.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 10, 2018 at 6:54am

Daniel, WOW! Those are big persimmons! Mine are small because there's so many. I need a male tree. In fact, I have 4 males, 2 females. When I started them from seed, I didn't know what sex they were.

My sweet potato yield wasn't great, but good enough. I like the size of the potatoes--no "monsters".

Comment by Patricia on October 10, 2018 at 12:13am

Ours is done, Daniel. Tomatoes were last & they had to be brought in before frost.

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 9, 2018 at 10:48pm

Today I went to the orchard to see if there were more ripe pawpaws, and happened to check on the persimmons.  I bumped a branch, and some fell off.  Then I noticed these under the tree.  So delicious!  These are American persimmons.  The variety is called "Yates".  They are seedless, and do not need a male pollinator.   This variety originates in Indiana.  Yay Randy!

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 9, 2018 at 11:37am

Randy, I learned a lot about persimmons and pawpaws, as well as other fruits like mulberries and asian pears, from the book "Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden". 

Do you get a good yield of sweet potatoes?  My parents grew them in Illinois, which was similar climate to yours.  Here, it's too cool.  I haven't dug into mine yet, but I don't have a lot of optimism.  They took a long time to start growing, and grew very slowly.

Joan, were those tuberous begonias?  I tried them, not much luck.

Patricia,Spud anything going on in your garden?

BB, thanks for the dahlia info.  I gave up on them, but maybe if I can find some good tubers, will try again next year.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 9, 2018 at 6:54am

Daniel, I hope your pawpaws taste better than our "Indiana bananas". I'll stick to my persimmons.

Dug up about half my sweet potatoes yesterday. Surprisingly, they are mostly round, not oblong. And no voles this year. A predicted weekend frost is forcing me to dig earlier than I want.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2018 at 1:50am

I envy you who can leave your plants outside all winter. I love begonias and dahlias; Cary and I dug them every autumn and stored them in the basement. Replanting them every spring was a big job, especially in my food forest. The end came when Cary died and I could not do the work myself. 

Bertold and Daniel, how happy your photos of dahlias, crocosmia, and begonias make me feel. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 8, 2018 at 10:34pm

Loam, a beautiful color of red with a background of dark coniferous trees. You pawpaw looks perfect, with no blemishes. I have never tasted one and will keep an eye open for them.

L & L do all the marketing now and I went with them this past week. I like the experience, especially if I look for something special. I assume this is the time of year to look for pawpaws in the grocery. 


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