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Godless in the garden

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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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Hope in the Middle of Big Ag

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Aug 3. 1 Reply

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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. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 2, 2016 at 9:37pm

BB what a gorgeous cactus!

Joan thanks for the grape juice advice.  I hope I have reason to need it next year!

I bought about 100 cheap daffodil bulbs at BiMart and planted them.  I hope they make for a cheerful looking Spring yard,

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2016 at 5:42pm

Bertold, that is a fantastic cactus with beautiful color. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2016 at 5:30pm

Daniel, making grape juice is easy as can be if you have one of these juicers that I shared in the photos. I am sure one can be found in a second hand store, Goodwiil, or other recycle centers. Just put water in the bottom section, put grapes, stems and all in the grape section, and follow directions. As you can see, I use a chair to hold sterilized jars to catch the juice out of the tube. As son as the jar is filled, I cap them with sterile lids and caps. They usually seal without further processing. 

Because I freeze mine, I use freezer jars and make sure not to fill the jars too full or they will burst when frozen. I've been there, done that. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 2, 2016 at 3:47pm

Yep, it's in a porch. I've got a couple that are pretty huge indoors in pots too.

 

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