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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
Wow, Daniel. Here you are, ridding your property of blackberry thickets, and I'm trying to cultivate one in my pine trees! Around here, farmers spray fence rows (what few remain), and I have a difficult time finding patches. Admittedly, they are a thorny bramble, not exactly desirable for anything but the actual berries.
I spent nearly 4 hours "pulping" persimmons the other day. Got about 3 pints. It's very hard work which makes me wonder if it's worth the effort. However, my pecan/persimmon pie was delicious!
That's quite a struggle, Daniel, but you'll never be without blackberry conserve!
Here is a before and after of my blackberry bramble and thicket clearing garden project. The thicket is on the edge of my property, and occupies roughly 1/4 acre. One the other side is more woods, then a ravine, then on the other side there are houses again. I think - fairly sure - the state wetland laws prevent development of the ravine area, so it should stay wild in perpetuity. Blackberries are nonnative and considered a noxious weed. The thickets are at least twice my height, more like 3 times my height in some places.
Most of the work is just cutting sections of blackberry bramble, pull them out, cut more, pull them out. Some are thicker than my thumb, and covered with thorns. They fight back. Blackberries are the kudzu of the Pacific Northwest, a state-designated noxious and invasive weed. Our county week commissioner stopped by last summer, but there's not much he can say, with much of the area covered in blackberries, including state lands. Here is an after photo of one section. This took a month, a little at a time. At this rate, I should get most of it cleared by Spring, maybe. One area that I cleared last year is completely covered again, having grown during the summer drought when I was not up to mowing. Plus, the ground was to rough for the mower. Here is the after. I am only cutting the hawthorne trees that have fallen over or are near dead. I think this is a nice peaceful garden / woods. It's nice being outside working in it, and hearing the water trickle in the creek, the birds sing, and watching the occasional bluejay in the branches. I only do what I can, there is no hurry. The mounds are chopped-up blackberry brambles. They will go into a compost pile to decompose for a year or so.I might check tomorrow to see if the ground is soft enough for some bulb planting. If it is, I can plant some daffodils. If not, then no big deal. I would like for the fallen leaves to prevent return of blackberries, but they have already proven me wrong. Maybe so me grass under the trees for occasional mowing.
As a matter of fact, I'm making persimmon pudding today! However, nobody will eat it but me. I'm thinking about calling it something like "brown sugar delight", omitting the word "persimmon".
Frozen persimmons are a great dessert. My auntie used to make a wonderful persimmon pudding for Thanksgiving.
Persimmons - Around here, some of the grocery stores carry fresh Asian persimmons. They are usually the size of a small apple. These are "non-astringent" - eaten when firm and crunchy. If you did that with an astringent persimmon, it would be like a mouthful of talc.
I don't like nonastringent crunchy persimmons. To me they have an off taste. I read that all they need to do is ripen, and you can eat them like jelly.
I placed them into a bag of apples. Apples emit ethylene, which ripens fruit. After 3 or 4 days, the persimmons were soft, like over ripe tomatoes. Cut in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. So good - super sweet, like a spiced apricot only much juicier.
Deviled alligator eggs. The grocery store sold small avocados in an egg carton - like container, calling them alligator eggs. I cut them in half, scooped them out of their "shell", took out the seed, and filled the center with salsa. Ning said he wouldn't like it, but he did. They were like deviled eggs, only green, with red "yolk" instead of egg yolk.
Sometimes it doesn't take much to amuse me.
Daniel, I commented on your garden blogspot.
I hand picked a whole bunch of persimmons to be sold at the farmers market by my kids. They sold exactly NONE! Nate said people were totally ignorant about them. How sad. Now I have to grind them into pulp--that is, if he didn't throw them away.
I can hear you counting the days, Daniel!
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