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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2017 at 12:12am

Daniel, I cook my smelly stuff, sauerkraut, brassicas, fish, outside on the back, south, covered deck. It has an electric outlet, BBQ, Smoker, tables, and chairs making it a comfortable place, except in the bitter cold. However, it spares the house of the smells I don't like and I don't think others do either. 

Laura and Larry both smoke in the garage on the north side of the house. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 14, 2017 at 9:09pm

Joan, thank you for providing that wise advice regarding chestnuts. 

Fortunately I don't have to worry about neighbors being unhappy with me for cooking cabbage.  Our worst cooking odor problem is when Ning cooks meat in the slow cooker.  When I'm aware that he is doing that, I tell him to put the cooker in the basement or garage.  Otherwise the entire house is permeated with, what to me smells like sewer gas.

On the brighter side, here is one of my persimmon trees now.  It's nice getting fresh fruit in mid November.

I did start removing fencing from raised beds in the kitchen garden, in anticipation of removing 6 of the 12 beds, and using the soil and some of the wood and parts of the removed beds to raise the level of the 6 remaining ones.  The 2 that I did already are nearly planted  with alliums - garlic, chives, garlic chives, and perennial winter onions, and some remaining Chinese radishes and turnips.

Oh, I dug up some horse radish roots today.  Now I have to learn how to prepare it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2017 at 11:08pm

Kathy, I just want to make sure you don't eat horse chestnuts; they are toxic to humans and some animals. Here is some information if you need it: 

What’s the difference between horse chestnuts and sweet chestnuts?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2017 at 11:04pm

Randy, what a beautiful photo of persimmons you have from  Xi'an! I still have not tasted a persimmon, that I know of. I look forward to the event. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2017 at 10:59pm

Daniel, I have problems with insects on brassicas, too. I haven't grown them in years, not since the kids all grew up and moved out. It wasn't worth the effort to keep the aphids and cabbage moths at bay when I was the only one eating out of the garden. I didn't do much gardening the seven years Dad lived with me until he died. 

I wonder if covering all the brassica with netting would work and keep the aphids and moths away? I would certainly encourage you to try Brussel sprouts; they are a beautiful plant and a delicious vegetable. 

My grandson-in-law reminded me how bad Brussel sprouts and cabbage smelled when cooking and that smell is what drove me away from apartment living to a single household. Someone else's brassicas cooking is beyond my ability to tolerate. When I cook them for me, I enjoy the taste that results. Of course, I throw in a handful of garlic that even enriches the smells that neighbors perhaps endured. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 13, 2017 at 7:55am

Daniel, black walnuts are the native species here. I have planted English, however, but it'll take a few years to mature.

You might enjoy knowing  persimmons are very popular in Xi'an, China. Here's a photo of a speciality shop along the Muslim area. Those are huge persimmons!

Comment by Daniel W on November 12, 2017 at 5:26pm

Kathy, they do.  Some chestnuts drop free of the burr.  Others fall with the burr still on them.  Those need to be picked up wearing leather gloves or something like that.  The burr prevents squirrels and deer from eating them all.

Spud, maybe they are :-) 

Randy, are those English or Black walnuts?  I went to a local park that used to have tons of walnuts lying around this time of year, and there weren't any.  Maybe someone else got them.

Comment by kathy: ky on November 12, 2017 at 12:21pm
Daniel, I remember your chestnut trees and wanted to asked, anyone really, do all chestnuts have the sharp bure cover over the nuts inside?
I was trying to pick some up at my neighbor's house. Until then I had never seen them except when the outer shell had already fallen off.
Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 11:05am

Randy, what do you cover your strawberries with?  I'm too lazy to cover mine.  They don't seem to mind the temperatures getting 40 degrees below freezing.

Wish I had room for a walnut and almond tree.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 11:01am

Daniel, maybe they're dog eggs :)  

It's been a long time since I've been tough enough to do much outside when the temps were 60 degrees F below freezing, or even at freezing.


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