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Persimmon Tree Updates. 6.6.18
Daniel, when you mentioned dahlia tubers, I looked them up on Wikipedia, and it says people eat them.
Daniel, Nice looking flowers. Morning glories are a favorite of mine. Have you ever eaten the dahlia tubers?
I read some new articles written by my extension agent that have discouraged me. I know my soil and water is highly alkaline, but he claims there is little we can do about it except plant things that like alkaline soil, or at least don't want much acidity.
He says it's almost impossible to grow blueberries here, and even though the nurseries sell them, they all die, as well as some other acid-loving plants, like Azaleas and Rhododendrons.
He said it might be possible to grow dwarf blueberries in large containers full of potting soil, but we couldn't use the highly alkaline well water. We would have to use rain water or something like that.
I've noticed Home Depot sells lime, and wondered why the frak they do that. The extension agent said do NOT use lime, wood ashes, or egg shells in eastern Idaho.
The wood ashes are mainly used for potassium, but our soil already has a very high potassium level, plus the fact that most wood ashes are alkaline..
Egg shells are mainly used for calcium, but our soil already has too much calcium.
I'm discouraged because most of what I want to grow likes acid soil. Bummer.
Don, I'm wondering if putting down Preen in my asparagus patch in early spring would help? I hate to spray. It's about this time of year that I'm almost ready for a freeze to kill the weeds.
Weeding is a tedious, unending shore for everybody, Randall. My soil is pretty loose, though, which helps. As a writer, I have the advantage (in this respect) of being here at home all day, and I welcome a break from the desk every few hours. In the growing season, my hoe stands right outside the door. Maybe 20 minutes every other day is all it takes to stay on top of things. Though the asparagus bed is more work.
I've been garden weeding a lot lately. Mostly spreading crabgrasss, trying to stop it from producing seeds. Of course, it's hopeless. I certainly envy Don's garden from what I've seen in his (your) photos.
Cabbages, peppers, melons.
Wonderful, Patricia! This time of the year when I visit the supermarket, I really like skipping the whole produce aisle.
That's great Patricia!
Don, probably 80% of my persimmons go to "waste". With the other 20%, I eat, freeze whole, and make paste. (There's an unintended rhyme there! Now to throw in a sentence with the word "taste".)
Fortunately, persimmons hang on the tree well into winter, extending the eating season a long time.
Daniel, patience! I started my trees from seeds.
What do you do with all of your persimmons?
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