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Comment by Randall Smith on December 13, 2018 at 7:31am

Daniel, the video (idea) was too absurd to even check it out!

I've still got persimmons hanging from the trees. I've had my fill for the season, however. Still have pulp from 2 years ago (freezer)!

Comment by Patricia on December 12, 2018 at 11:12pm

Good luck with that Daniel....hahaha....did you know coloured easter eggs grow on pussy willows?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 12, 2018 at 11:08pm

You had me for a minute. The trees looked more like a cotton field than a marshmallow plantation. Ah! Then! I discovered it was an April Fools joke! Marshmallows do not grow on trees;  marshmallows happen because of processing the mallow root. The plant and flower are easy to grow and very pretty. They can be invasive. Some call it a weed, I call it a pretty perennial that can be managed. I had lovely patches of it under my yew shrubs and they were a pretty contrast. I never made marshmallows out of them, nor did I eat any part of the plant. 

"This wild edible is used as herbal medicine in a variety of ways. It is an anti-inflammatory, diuretic, demulcent, emollient, laxative and an expectorant."

~  Mallow, Malva neglecta, from Edible Wild Food.


"Pliny the Elder (23–79 A.D.) recommended a decoction of the root for dandruff, the warm juice of the plant to treat melancholy, and the leaves boiled as a potherb in milk to cure the common cough. Pliny also touted the plant’s action as a mild laxative (Pliny’s Natural History, pg. 284)."

~ Common Mallow: A Strangely Erotic Medicinal Powerhouse
Malva neglecta

Comment by Loam Gnome on December 12, 2018 at 7:09pm

Still trying to think of new things to grow next year.  This video describes some challenges but maybe it's something I should try?

Growing marshmallow trees

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2018 at 8:19pm

Randy & Daniel, I envy you all those volunteers that come up around your garden. That is the way my Spokane garden was. I will have the L&L Acres greening like that too, very soon. With all the birdseed I have put into the feeders and sprinkled across the meadow, I hope to see those welcome events here, too.  

Comment by Loam Gnome on December 11, 2018 at 8:06pm

Thank you Joan!  I had forgotten!

My garden has lots of volunteer borage, cilantro, collard greens, sorghum.  And a few volunteer dandelions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2018 at 5:07pm

Daniel & Ning, Happy 6th Anniversary!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 11, 2018 at 7:20am

True, Joan. My garden bursts with "volunteer" lettuce, dill, cherry tomatoes, and more. I haven't bought dill seed in years, but it magically pops up every spring--even autumn.

I constantly find baby fruit trees here and there. It hurts to dig them out and destroy. Can't transplant them all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2018 at 10:22pm

There is something about a seed, it holds within its shell the power to open, grow, develop into whatever it was bred to be, and nourishes our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. Look at one Mullein seed, just one seed. It has within its power to produce hundreds of other mulleins.

Or look at an apple seed, it can produce a single tree with many more apples. 

Or any grape seed, unbelievably prolific.

That mystery is more astounding to me than any of the mysteries of any sacred text. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2018 at 8:58pm

Since Homo sapien placed steel plow into the soil, we depleted the ground that fed us. What was once fertile, productive soils now drained its nutrients. Farmer and gardeners attempt to repair the damage by putting all kind of chemical on the ground; ultimately, they poison the loam. 

Only plants can make soil! We delude ourselves into thinking Ortho, Miracle-Gro, Lilly Miller, Schultz, and Jobe's can create healthy, nutrition-rich soil. 

The things I discover that enrich my soils are nitrogen-fixing plants, i.e., green manures: legumes: annual ryegrass, Hairy vetch, sweet clover, fava beans, Lupin, millet, mustard, daikon radish, sorghum, soybeans, and cowpeas.


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