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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2016 at 9:56am

Daniel, that's interesting that the apple symbol showed on your tablet, but not your laptop.  I'm thinking I should refrain from posting symbols, as they may not show correctly on some computers.

The last year, I've been using the degree symbol on my temperature readings, and think now I should stop that also.

How many of you don't see the apple computer symbol here?   

How many don't see the temperature degree symbol here?  °

How many don't see the ohm symbol here?  Ω

How many don't see the cent symbol here?  ¢

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2016 at 9:44am

Daniel, I didn't know, and was surprised that store apples were that far from tree ripened.  Like you, I'm sure that I would like them much better if they were tree ripened.

After reading your post, I remember many years ago eating apples off of trees and enjoying them.  But I enjoyed the tart ones best, and even ate some of the sweet ones before they were fully ripe, because they were sour.  

If I ever get more land, I'll plant some.  I think I have room here for a small crabapple.  Do you think it's too late to take a cutting off of one I like and try rooting it?

You may remember that I tried it before from a crabapple that I found a little over a mile from here, and liked the taste of.  Those cuttings never grew, but I tried it in the spring and you said I would probably have better results in the fall.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2016 at 9:29am

Kathy & Daniel, thanks for the welcome.  

I enjoy seeing the posts from all you regulars, and miss the ones that disappeared, even though I don't mention it.

I've often wondered about one person in particular that stopped posting, because I may have had something to do with her dropping-out.  I can't remember her name, but I think Joan said she communicated with her just after she quit the group, and I think quit gardening.

I was concerned that part of the reason she quit was because I said I bought the same garden cart she had, and had more negative things to say about it than positive.  

Joan, is that one of the reasons she quit?

Comment by Randall Smith on December 6, 2016 at 7:55am

On my farm, we've planted an apple orchard a couple years ago. So we're hoping for some fruit in '17. Can't tell you what we planted! Nate (SIL) bought a whole bunch of apples to make cider. He's hosting an "open house" at his market this Sat. for a one day end of season event. I doubt if it'll be successful, but he and my daughter are the eternal optimists.

Comment by Daniel W on December 5, 2016 at 9:32pm

It snowed today in Battleground WA.  Im glad we are getting some winter.  Too much warm makes me worry.  There is some arctic weather predicted for Dec or Jan.

Comment by Daniel W on December 5, 2016 at 9:28pm

I second that with glad to have Spud here. 

Spud, my tablet showed an apple and that was cool.  Now I'm on my laptop and it shows the square symbol.  I tried using emojis on Nexus but that always makes it crash.

I was not an apple lover for most of my life either.  Growing my own changed that. There are so many different textures and flavors, and the grocery store ones just don't compete.  Grocery apples are stored in an oxygen free, refrigerated, humidified atmosphere for many months, up to a year.  They are not picked ripe.  Ripe ones bruise too easily during shipping and handling.  They are artificially ripened with ethylene gas, which is not harmful, but they don't get a sun / tree ripened taste.  Up until recently, the main varieties were Red Delicious, which had taste bred out of it in favor of color and shape, Golden Delicious, ditto.  Granny Smith, which keeps a long time but too sour for me.  My grafts are not all up to bearing yet, but Liberty is really good, and I also loved a variety called SummerRed, one called Pristine, and the old fashioned Gravenstein.  I really like Jonagold but mine has not done well yet.  It might do better in its new location, where I moved it yesterday. 

Comment by kathy: ky on December 5, 2016 at 3:14pm
Daniel, it was fun working together. And it made us a close family to this day. With the exception of me being atheist. Mom made her biscuits from scratch similar to your gmoms pie crust.
Spud, it's good to have you back with us on a regular basis.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2016 at 11:27am

Daniel, here's hoping your  trees give you some good fruit next season.  The way I've been planting trees in the past, I would expect it to take 2 or 3 seasons, but I suspect your method of planting (which I intend to use from now on), will give you some produce new season.

By the way, I didn't purposely put the  computer symbol in my first sentence.  I typed "apple", but the computer changed it to , and I decided to leave it in.  

Not being an apple lover, this is the first time I've typed the word since using my new computer, so it's the first time that has happened.

Comment by Daniel W on December 4, 2016 at 8:34pm

Kathy, that is a wonderful sounding experience.  I remember my mother telling me that her mother made pie cruse by squeezing the dough together with the shortening, using her fingers.  She made biscuits in a similar way.  I can't get biscuits right to save my life.  But I do make a good pie crust using a food processor.

Today it was drizzly.  I took a break from kitchen destruction and transplanted another dwarf apple tree from the old place to the new place.  It's a Jonagold, one of my favorite apples.  This tree almost never has a good crop due to maggot infestations, which I attribute to a massive neglected neighbor tree.  No such problem in the new spot, maybe it will bear some nice fruit next year despite the move.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 4, 2016 at 4:48pm
That should have been cooked in not cooled in.
 

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