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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Daniel, that is an interesting find. A little browsing and I found this:
"Spanish conquerors exploring the Pacific Northwest in the 1600s came across many Native peoples using the bark of R. purshiana as a laxative. They gave it the name "Sacred Bark" (cáscara sagrada) in honor of its effectiveness. By 1877 the U.S. pharmaceutical company Parke-Davis was producing cascara preparations, and soon afterwards cascara products were being exported overseas to European markets. The explosion of the cascara industry caused great damage to native cascara populations during the 1900s, as a result of overharvesting.
"In 1999, cascara made up more than 20% of the national laxative market in the U.S., with an estimated value of $400 million. The bark itself was worth approximately $100 million. Cascara was found in more drug preparations than any other natural product in North America, and is believed to be the most widely used cathartic in the world."
~ 16. Johnson, Rebecca & Foster, Steve (2008). National Geographic Desk Reference to Nature's Medicine. National Geographic Books. p. 77. ISBN 9781426202933.
~ 17. Small, Ernest; Caitling, Paul M.; National Research Council Canada (1999). Canadian Medicinal Crops. NRC Research Press. p. 130. ISBN 9780660175348."
It seems you have a valuable crop on your hands. Who would have thought you would make your fortune with a cathartic
Thanks for the article and it makes sense. However, is there a way to correct the problem now? If the buds are blooming now, then there won't be any buds left to bloom this coming Spring... or hopefully the tree will self correct itself , however, the bloom won't appear until two Springs latter.
A month ago I bought what appears to be a dying apple tree at Home Depot. So since it was at half price I bought it for $20.00? I can't remember exactly. So I used an earth digger to dig out a hole and afterwards dumped a whole bag of fertilizer into the hole and plopped the apple tree on top of the fertilizer. I did not mix the fertilizer with the dirt. Then covered the rest of the hole with plain dirt and said a few magic words.
Two weeks later, some buds appeared and then some days later this,
I am not sure what to make of this apple tree blooming in the mid-early Fall. But I am delighted the tree survived In the background are the plum and pear trees.
Wadda you guys think this strange behavior of my apple tree blooming in the Fall? The apple tree is Red Delicious.
Kathy, you might simply google voles. I usually find only holes, but in my sweet potatoes, I had mounds.
Caught my 3rd possum. I know mothers have large litters, so I may trap another 9 or so!
We have banana trees here in BC. My brother in law has a business & they have spread out to many other businesses too. They do develop bananas but are not usable.
The trees have to be babied during the winter, & then my brother in law began making banana wrap ''coats''.
I'm in Daniel's corner when it comes to sticking with non-controversial topics. I've dropped out of several groups for that reason. Unfortunately, some of the groups I still belong to are inactive except when I post something. I was going to comment in the "Diet and Exercise" group today, but noticed I had submitted the last 4 or so posts and didn't want to appear to "dominate". So, I refrained. Same with "Learners coffee" group.
Now, on with gardening!
Joan, it sounds as though you had a vole do damage to your sweet potato. That's what they do. I've had about 10% eaten, mostly from some time ago judging from the scabbing over of the potatoes. I put mole bait poison in the vole holes, hoping they would eat it. And, I think they did, because I haven't found any recent activity. Or, perhaps my owl caught them!
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