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Comment by Idaho Spud on February 18, 2017 at 4:05pm

I love lots of quiet!

The woods sound especially wonderful to kids.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 18, 2017 at 2:54pm
Spud, it's a wonderful place if you like a lot of quiet :)
It's a perfect place for children. The gkids have been free to roam at will from the time they could walk. We're fenced with electric to keep most things out. It also set the boundaries for the kids. When they were very small they thought the woods were so large that a person would never be found if they got lost in them.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2017 at 1:56pm

corn varieties for freezing on the cob

Years ago, I grew corn that had a thin pencil cob and was intended for freezing the corn on the cob. I think it was Kandy Stick. It was delicious; I can't find the seeds anymore.

"Corn Bred in all Shapes and Sizes. Walton Galinat has developed thousands of varieties, from finger-size to two-foot-long ears. By Phyllis Hanes, Special to The Christian Science Monitor SEPTEMBER 20, 1989

"WALTHAM, MASS. — A FEW years ago, Walton C. Galinat invented a square ear of corn that won't roll around on your dinner plate. Butter doesn't slide off it, and it stacks neatly in freezer or refrigerator. But Dr. Galinat never intended this particular variety to be an ideal edible. He raised square corn only for research. It is his reconstruction of a missing link in corn's ancient, wild ancestor, teosinte. Dr. Galinat is one of the world's foremost authorities on the evolution of corn. He has bred more than 30,000 pedigrees of the plant. One important result of his research is the discovery of traits from earlier corn that can be bred into modern varieties to make them more useful. He also breeds corn for tenderness, long-lasting sweetness, and early maturity."

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 18, 2017 at 1:34pm

Kathy, sounds like you have a great place to live.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 18, 2017 at 1:15pm
I should have said chestnuts are better roasted. I'm sure they are edible even if they aren't.
There is a wild persimmon tree in the back yard and a hickory in the front. A black walnut at the edge of the driveway. A chestnut tree and a pawpaw in the woods that join us.
We're isolated by the woods. The adjoining forty acres are owned by my friend and neighbor so I can forage them at will. I did a lot more foraging when I was a few years younger :)
Comment by Idaho Spud on February 18, 2017 at 10:46am

Yesterday, I pruned my Apricot tree.  Took off all the very low branches, all the crossing branches, and opened the center for light.

Today, I put the last of my new seeds in tightly sealed, dry canning bottles, and put them in the freezer.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 18, 2017 at 10:40am

Years ago I bought some Chestnuts from a grocery store, but didn't like the taste at all.  Perhaps I didn't bake them long enough.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 18, 2017 at 8:56am
Chestnut trees grow wild here. To be edible they need to be baked in the shells for about twenty minutes.
Black walnuts are also close by. And hickory but I've never tried the hickory nuts.
Comment by Plinius on February 18, 2017 at 8:27am

I can understand that, Randall, I grew up in the post war poverty. I still try very hard not to waste food, but I´ve stopped eating leftovers like I was taught. It causes weight problems.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 18, 2017 at 7:26am

Daniel, you've got me curious. I'm not sure if I know what chestnuts even taste like. They're surely not the same as the water chestnuts in chop suey, etc.? I'll have to google both of them when I'm done here.  In any case, I'm glad to see you're getting into planting nut trees.

Chris, my arugula comes up voluntarily in my garden (since it usually goes to seed). I hate to see it go to waste, and it is pretty. So I do mix it in my salads, but still, it's too strong for me to really enjoy.  I'm one of those persons that will drink milk that's soured just so not to dump it down the drain! Such a product of "the great depression" parents!


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