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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 18, 2016 at 11:40am

When I had a little more land (one-ninth of an acre), I planted some bamboo that was supposed to be tolerant to -30° F, which was the low temperatures some years.  

I was going to use it for garden stakes, building material, and food, but it never grew.

If I get a place with a little more land again, I'll try it again.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2016 at 2:30am
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2016 at 11:42pm

Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia glipistroboides is a beautiful tree. It should do well in your climate. The tree trunks develop interesting patterns if not limbed up while they are young. At least that is my understanding. Thought extinct, the Dawn Redwood has a long history that stretches back into the Age of Dinosaurs. The last Ice Age wiped out all known groves. A small grove was found in China during WW II and then after the war, seeds were distributed worldwide  There is an extraordinary specimen in front of Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

The favorite picture I have of that ancient species is 

It will be a good companion with your ginkgo biloba tree that was also thought extinct. Ginkgo is found in fossils dating back 270 million years. 

You will have an ancient grove of splendid trees. What a great legacy you leave. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2016 at 4:55pm

Spud, your plan sounds like a delicious one, especially with you south facing wall of concrete. I look forward to learning about its progress!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 17, 2016 at 2:31pm

Daneil, thanks much for the article on fruit walls.  I'm definitely going to use those ideas to grow my favorite warm weather fruits.

I'm thinking pomegranate, watermelon, muskmelon, grape, and maybe even pistachio & banana.

The south side of my house will be a good start because the wall is about 3 inches of concrete.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 8:34pm

Daniel, your article on the development of greenhouse fascinates me,  especially with the note :

"The greenhouse was invented by the Romans in the second century AD. Unfortunately, the technology disappeared when the Western Roman Empire collapsed. The Romans could produce large glass plates, and built greenhouses against brick walls.

"Their technology was only surpassed by the Dutch in the 1800s. However, the Roman greenhouse remained a toy for the rich and never became an important food supply."

An interesting history of the greenhouse. Thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:58pm

cherimoyas, season: March through May.

flowers are almost never pollinated by their own pollen, so they must be quickly and carefully hand-pollinated with collected male pollen.

White variety: has fewer seeds, a firmer texture, and sweet and juicy taste.

Booth variety: carries a strong papaya flavor.

Pierce variety: considered one of the tastiest, extra-creamy texture and peachy taste.

Selma variety: distinctive red-flesh and hints of raspberry flavor.

To eat a cherimoya, cut in half lengthwise, scoop out the velvety spoonfuls, peel and cut into cubes for salads, or puree and use in pastries or tarts.

Make sure to remove the large black seeds which are inedible.

I wonder if they will grow inside? I'll have to experiment. 

Now, I am all ready, starting in March, to try a new fruit. 

Thanks, Chris.

Comment by Plinius on November 16, 2016 at 5:07am

The greengrocer said cherimoyas are magical health food, but I'm not sure. The taste is sweet and aromatic, very nice! You open the fruit when it turns softer, inside are white pulp and many black seeds. Eat the pulp with a spoon and spit out the seeds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 12:45am

Chris, I've seen cherimoyas but have no idea how to fix them. What did you do? 

Comment by Plinius on November 16, 2016 at 12:23am

A few weeks ago they had cherimoyas, very cheap and tasty!

 

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