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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2012 at 8:51pm

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 28, 2012 at 5:30pm

Amer, can you tell me the variety of this cactus?  It's OK down to 25 degrees F so far, but the top 2/3 of the Aloe Vera leaves are looking looking a little mushy.

My Jade Hybrid Cauliflower is looking good:

My Romanesco Broccoli leaves are gigantic, but I still don't see any curds.  I've noticed that below about 26 degrees F, the leaves wilt and turn a dark green, but when they warm-up they perk-up and the color is normal again.

Comment by amer chohan on October 28, 2012 at 12:00pm

I have over 400 varieties of cacti. A cacti collector can understand that. Its an adiction.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 25, 2012 at 12:56pm

Sorry Amer, I'm not a cactus collector, but you did remind me of an experiment I tried a couple of years ago.  I bought a cactus pad that was meant for eating from the grocery store and saved the seeds.  I put some in the refrigerator and some in the freezer for a few months because I heard some need cold temperature before they will sprout.

I then planted them in a pot with cactus potting soil and put them by my east window.  Three of them sprouted in about 3 to 9 months.  They didn't do very well in the window, so I finally put them outside this spring and they did much better.  After a month, I planted them in the garden with lots of sand & potting soil in a large hole that I also planted my Aloe Vera in.  The Aloe Vera did very well in the east window and even flowered, but I wanted that space for something else, so it got the boot to the garden.

I've heard the Aloe Vera will die somewhere between 10 and 40 degrees F, so I plan on taking a baby one that popped-up and put it back in the east window and put a little greenhouse over the one outside.  Because the store didn't say, I don't know what variety the cactus is so don't know if it will survive, but I plan on putting the greenhouse over it also, and probably should take one one them inside as well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 25, 2012 at 10:31am

Sentient, I'm jealous.  Too bad we don't have shows like that around here.  I would like to taste Pawpaws.  Wouldn't refuse to try everything else either, except for the apples.  Don't care for the taste of apples unless they are Crab.   To some extent, I also like apples before they are fully ripe.

Comment by amer chohan on October 24, 2012 at 2:11pm

I am a cactus collector. Is any one there?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 23, 2012 at 12:03pm

Sentient, I don't know much about saving seeds.  Am I correct that if you want to save seeds, you need to keep different varieties a long ways from each other or you get crosses that may not be as good?

The leaf war is amusing.  I've been tempted to take some without asking, but don't want to annoy neighbors.  I also like to ask neighbors if they use chemicals on the trees or lawn before I use their leaves.

I remember Pink Banana Squash from somewhere.  Don't know if I grew them or not, and forgot what they taste like, but do remember they're dramatic.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 10:08pm

Idaho Spud, these are great for pies, or mashed with butter, salt, and pepper.They don't keep well, so eat them with gusto. 

I don't grow good Green peppers, they turn out bitter and not plump and juicy. In Spokane Valley they do extremely well at 1,994 ft elevaton. Where I am, at a higher elevation on top of a volcanic layer, it is 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 9:29pm

I don't know why the purple color and it is odd, to me. How do they taste? They might be a real "keeper". 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 9:27pm

Idaho Spud, as I remember, they make delicious pies, or mashed, and are not good keepers, so eat them with relish. 

Spokane River is 1995' elevation and green peppers grow beautifully in the Spokane Valley. I live up on the first volcanic bench at 2254' elevation and I have never been able to grow green peppers, they turn out bitter and tough, not the juicy, fat critters. So give them a try. You may find you are in exactly the right place. 


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