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Using Bone Ashes in the Garden. 12.9.18
I would not eat those mushrooms either, Daniel.
I like nice colors :-) But I think I'll pass on eating these mushrooms.
The amanita is one of the 'shrooms that will make you see colors and other psychedelic effects, aka " the flesh of the gods."
Joan, I hope the smelter does not come your way. I wouldn't like it either.
Spud, sorry your melons were overripe. What a shame. You inspire me by growing them. I plan to try some next year in an enclosed raised bed.
For those with interest in mushrooms, I ran across this chart in "vintageprintable", a site with public domain images. I know there are thousands of types of mushrooms. This was the only mushroom chart on the site. Must be very old.
These mushrooms are under a fir tree next to my house. They come up every year, usually with darker red caps with white spots. They still look the same, but more faded. I think they are also a type of Amanita.
When the cold weather started, I forgot to check my muskmelons in the cold frame. After 2 weeks, I remembered them yesterday, but they were too ripe. I ate a couple anyway to get my vitamin C, fiber & other goodies.
Daniel, thank ou for the link to USDA Pomological Watercolor website, and the instructions for citations. Hopefully, we can persuade the judge that the smelter does not belong in this pristine part of the state and we can begin to add a food forest to our land. If the smelter goes in, we will leave Newport.
Hunting season is now over and the deer should be venturing out again. I have some plants coming up that I planted for them and they will enjoy munching on. A white rabbit visited the wildlife part of our garden the other day. Our four-year old, Brooklyn, watched from the window. She comes to my room, gets the binoculars, and proceeds to focus in on the feeding station. She developed skill at searching and finding wildlife.
This time of year, I like to study aspects of gardening that fall to the back burner during the active garden season. One thing I think is interesting, is the contrast between historic varieties of plants, and new ones. The USDA Pomological Watercolor website is a great resource for images of historic plant varieties. Despite there being many recent fruit introductions, some have been around for a century, or several centuries. It's interesting to think the same plant whose cherries, or apples, or figs, that I enjoy now, someone tasted and took delight in them before my greatgrandmother was born. Here are a few images from early in the 20th century, more than 100 years ago. The site does require this statement of attribution: "U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705"
Quinces. These were grown for their high pectin levels, to help make jellies. A few hobbyists still grow them.
Montmorency Pie Cherries. My parents had a Montmorency cherry tree in their yard, so I have one in mine. It really is a delicious pie cherry.
McIntosh Apple. Mine isn't really a McIntosh, it's an offspring of that cultivar. Still, the flavor is similar. It makes great applesauce.
Jonathan Apple. So far, Jonathan hasn't done that well in my orchard. Other varieties have done better. My parents also grew Jonathan, which is why I planted one. We'll see how it does next year.
There are lots of others, such as Stanley Plum, Brunswick Fig, and many, many varieties of apples.
I like the jade plant and most succulents. I've not seen the jade flower before either. Wikipedia says "The plant also flowers in the wintertime, particularly during a cooler, darker, dry spell."
Randy, I'm not a fan of clearing the gutters. I saw some at the home improvement show that have screening on top, the water goes in the gutter and the leaves don't. Or that is what they claim. I don't know.
We had frosts but the days are chilly and wet, not frigid, so far. Yesterday I cut the lawn and pruned the first of 4 fruit trees in front. They are too tall to harvest safely. I used a pole pruner, which reaches about 20 feet high. It cuts branches up to an inch thick. I finished one tree, and got two more half way done. The sweet cherries are the most vigorous and largest, almost shade-tree size if I let them. The plums don't absolutely need it but they over bear. The more compact size will mean, I hope, fewer but larger fruits, and less risk of broken branches due to too many fruits.
Another flower in the sunroom. I showed this when it had a few flowers, now it has many more.
True, nothing happening in the garden. I did get mine covered in leaves.
And before the cold front passed through overnight, yesterday, I got the gutters cleaned out (which took over 2 hours). I have pine trees which shed needles like crazy, filling the eaves. That and maple tree leaves. I'm getting too old to be climbing 30 feet and maneuvering a shaky extension ladder. Might be my last year (I say every year).
That was in the morning. In the PM, I cut a half load of firewood. I was one pooped puppy last evening. Today, I rest.
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