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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Comment by kathy: ky on November 4, 2016 at 3:46pm
Bertold, the cactus is beautiful. I put mine outside, in heavy shade and leave it until the first frost is forecasted. I brought it in about two weeks ago and the blooms are just starting to open.

Daniel, what's a hyacinthiode? Like a Hyacinth? I'm not familiar.
Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2016 at 2:04pm

Daniel, interesting videos about Avocados and Ginko.

I used to like Bananas and Avocados a lot, but my old tasting apparatus tells me they are rather bland now, so I don't eat them anymore.  But I'm going to try some Avocados again because that video said they're a natural laxative, and I could use anything that gets things moving.  Especially naturally.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2016 at 1:02pm

Persimmons are really tasty if you freeze them first too.

Comment by Daniel W on November 4, 2016 at 11:44am

Randy, the mild astringency of bananas puts me off a bit.  The smalll Vietnamese bananas are even more so.  Not a problem since I'm not growing them.  I do love guacamole or avocado sandwiches.  Also that they are something favored by massive ground sloths.

Persimmons are also thought to be an evolutionary anachronism, whose dispersal mammal long disappeared before entry of the more omnivorous Homo sapiens.   Here is a plate from my Asian / American hybrid persimmon tree.  The first plate of fully ripe persimmons ever from my home orchard.  So tasty!  Slice in half and eat the jelly-like contents with a spoon.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 4, 2016 at 7:38am

While I enjoy 99% of most foods, avocados are in the 1% I don't. Taste and texture repulse me. And I know they're a very healthy food. For what it's worth, I'm not a big fan of bananas, either--for the same reason.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 3, 2016 at 6:51pm

Interesting video on avocados - I'm definitely a big fan.

Comment by Daniel W on November 3, 2016 at 6:39pm

Joan, in this area, Hyancinthoides are pretty invasive.  People complain that they take over their yards.  I've been digging big clumps of them from the Vancouver yard, and planting them in the Battleground yard.  Like you, I think they really pretty.

I have had some patches persist and multiply.  They seem to survive where the soil is almost impenetrable due to underlying gravel or roots.  That's why I think underground voles are eating the ones in softer soils.

Here's an interesting video about fruits.  A lot of the big fruits that we like are considered evolutionary anachronisms.  They evolved to be eaten by megafauna that don't exist now.  After their herbivorous benefactors went extinct, kind of puttered along until humans came along and took an liking to them.  Examples include avocados, papayas, pawpaws, and quite a number of others.

another video on the same topic.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2016 at 10:02pm

Hyacinthoides are considered an invasive weed? Jeez, they are so pretty. Yes, they do fill in space that other plants would like to grow into, but just pull up a clump of them and throw them on top of the soil that needs a little color and before you know it, a field of blue springs up. After a while, there is nothing left but blue; I like blue. Such is gardening. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 2, 2016 at 9:56pm

Mine dont seem to last that long either.  I keep trying.  Voles might eat some.  They are voraceous.  Something ate all of my Hyacinthoides, which are considered an an invasive weed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2016 at 9:46pm

Of the 300 daffodils Cary planted for me years ago, only one still comes up. The mice or something got them that first year and I never did have a field of daffodils as I had hoped. 

 

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