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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
With nights getting down below 20 degrees, the ol' garden is pretty much "dead". I still have Brussels sprouts to harvest, maybe a little broc and chard, but they look pretty limp. Carrots and a few beets are still in the ground and should be okay for awhile. Time to cover strawberry plants.
I also need to gather almonds. They don't fall readily from the tree. I'm starting to crack them open, about half of which are good. Walnuts are drying on the wood stove. They take awhile to dry out.
That is a dreadful bite, Daniel, and it looks painful; any temperature, headache, nausea?
My only experience was with Dad and a Black Widow Spider bite and Laura's Recluse Spider bite and neither had a bruise such as yours. They did have the puncture marks and infections that had to be treated by Rx & in the case of Laura, debrided tissue.
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