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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 Randall Smith on Thursday
Spud reminded me of the old "Cotton Fields Back Home" song ("When I was a little baby, my momma would rock me in the cradle...."). A new (old) song to sing for my grandkids!
Daniel, when I planted my almond tree and buried persimmon seeds (etc) not that long ago (it seems), I wasn't sure I'd live long enough to see them produce. But, voila!, I'm literally enjoying the fruits of my labor. So yes, by all means, go for it.
Comment by k.h. ky on Thursday
Randy, I cook cotton balls like I cook everything else. Very carefully :)
Comment by Daniel W on Thursday

Me too :-)  Sometimes a peanut gallery is just what we need!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Wednesday

Daniel - you don't need nut trees. You have us.

Comment by Daniel W on Wednesday

Here this all you "bad influences" - I had no intention of ordering any more fruit or nut trees.  For one thing, I have more types of fruit than I can ever imagine needing.  My nut trees, on the other hand, are limited to hazelnuts that have not given me one edible nut so far in more than 10 years.

I do not want to start a tree that might need 10 years to start bearing.  There's a reasonable chance I won't live that long.  I know the adage about planting for subsequent generations, but most people like cutting down trees, so I plant for myself and fantasize that someone in the future will enjoy them anyway.

But there is that rather large expanse that I cleared of blackberries, which is not far from a ravine and has weak-rooted falling-over Douglas Hawthorn trees.  I was thinking about planting birches, but thanks to YOU ALL I ordered 2 grafted hybrid Japanese-American Chestnuts. 

No peanuts here - they need way more heat than we get.  No cotton either :-) 

If I could grow macadamias I would be in heaven.  But they are purely tropical.  I read walnuts take way too long to start bearing, for me to plant.  Probably same true for butternut and pecan, but I don't know.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Wednesday

Cooking cotton balls:  I don't know, but I've been told you have to wait 'till they get rotten.

Kathy, with more land, I too would try growing a few cotton plants, just for fun.

I tried peanuts once and my poor memory wants to say, nothing came of them.

Comment by Randall Smith on Wednesday

Kathy, how do you cook your cotton balls? Tee hee.

Spud, I agree with your peanut classification. Growing them is fun, but harvesting them--another story. Pull, shake dirt, pick, wash, dry, break shell open. Whew!

Comment by k.h. ky on Tuesday
I grew peanuts once just to see if they would grow.
One year I grew a few cotton plants
They grew and produced a few cotton balls.
Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2017 at 10:22am

Wow, you are a nutty guy Randy (smile).

If I had room and the wherewithal, I'd grow every kind of nut I could.  Same for fruit trees.

Personally, I think peanuts should count.  Yes, I know it's not a nut technically, and I'm OK with saying it's not a nut if your talking about scientific classifications.  However, if it looks like a nut, tastes like a nut, is sold with other nuts, & etc, for all practical purposes, it's a nut.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 14, 2017 at 7:40am

True, almond trees can be grown at 40 degrees latitude, even with our cold winters (except this one). Although my tree is only about 10 years old, it seems to produce every other year--not really that unusual. For example, we had no walnuts, black or English, last year. And my neighbor's pecan trees were bare, also.  I didn't look for hickory nuts since I have plenty from previous years.. Besides, they're a pain to crack and remove the meat. I also have access to a friend's butternut tree. Let's face it, I'm a real nutty guy! (I've grown peanuts in my garden before, but that doesn't count.)

 

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