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Persimmon Tree Updates. 6.6.18
Welcome back Randy! Hope your trip was everything you wanted it to be! We have had the rainiest spring in several years - thunderstorms today. I'm in awe at how fast things are growing and blooming. Ate mulberries for the first time off my tree - so sweet even more so than blackberries which they look very much like.
Joan is posting from hospital, so she must be getting better.
In the past, I've used quite toxic materials to get rid of ants. It does the job for about a year, but they continue to fly in and create new colonies, so it's a never ending battle. I've decided to quit using toxic materials, and will try Patricia's method.
Patricia, I've not heard of your ant killer before, but I'm going to try it. Those critters are a pain. I'm glad I don't have fire ants, but what I do have eat a lot of my strawberries, farm aphids on some of my fruiting plants, and get in the house where they sometimes sting me.
Patricia, your ant killer is new to me and I've printed it. Will give it a try as I have large mounds nears my front walk - Fire Ants - nasty little critters. Although what it will do to them makes me shudder.
Daniel, I've come to the decision that this year will be a test case for all my newly planted items and I'm going to let nature take its course. I'll definitely learn which things will need intervention from me. Since this has been the wettest Spring in several years there's a good chance some of my plants won't get pollinated.
It boggles my mind how you track each tree and plant and help it along with pollination, grafting, pruning, et al. Info on figs and pawpaw is fascinating!
Kathy, I don't have that many ants as they don't like the rain and seem to go underground - I do have snails by the gazillion and when I walk down my walkway after dark it is crunchy. :) Tomorrow I'm putting out rows of diatomaceous earth in hopes of at least slowing them down.
Wow Daniel pollinating your own plants remind me of Gregor Mendel and his research on pea plants. His research really helped with the genetics field.
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