Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Daniel W on September 7, 2017 at 10:33pm

Absolutely!  Even when cooked.

Comment by Patricia on September 7, 2017 at 10:15pm

Store bought tomatoes have no comparison to home grown! Love them & the fragrance is top notch!!!

Comment by Daniel W on September 7, 2017 at 10:09pm

Different types of tomatoes that I harvested today.  The Romas went into tomato sauce which I froze.  So did the brownish ones - the seed packet claimed they would be black, but they are not.  The slicers are there to slice, and the cherry tomatoes got eaten.

Comment by Daniel W on September 4, 2017 at 10:26am

Randy, peaches apples and pears from ones own garden are very delicious.  I have a hard time growing peaches but continue trying.  Not many pears this year.

Spud that is interesting about Chester.  After eating a few garden blackberries, Im very enthusiastic about them.

I think persimmons are about as exotic as any fruit.   We will see if mine bear and how much this year.  There is a chance for some.

Thomas those plums are also good dried, like candies.  But mostly we eat them fresh.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2017 at 9:21am

Daniel, the fruit of the "Chester" blackberry that I planted in 2012 looks like yours.  It has no thorns and is sweet (but only when picked just before it falls off the cane).  Before then it's very sour.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 4, 2017 at 6:39am

Daniel, your exotic fruit is amazing. Still, I'm happy with my plain ol' peaches, apples, and pears. I can't process them fast enough.

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 4, 2017 at 12:42am


When I look at your plums, all think about is making honey wines or mead from them.

Comment by Patricia on September 3, 2017 at 9:39pm

Yes, it was rather lucky to get what we did get.

That fruit looks delicious!

Comment by Daniel W on September 3, 2017 at 9:13pm

Patricia, it would get to me too, to have to leave it all behind for so long and in those conditions.  I"m glad there was at least a little salvageable. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 3, 2017 at 9:12pm

We got some more plums this week.  One new variety, developed in the past few years, was "Sweet Treat Pluerry".  It was developed by applying pollen from apricots, peaches, and cherries, to plums, then crossing the resultant varieties together.  From one website, the claim is this one is 50% plum, 25% cherry, 18.75 % peach, 6.25% apricot.  Intergeneric plum hybrids are popular, that's how pluots, plumcots, and apriums were also created.  They are a test, since the only way to know if they will grow and produce fruit is to try.  My tree is in its 4th year, and the branches grow rather vertically, which appears to keep them out of reach of the deer for the most part.  Plus they are fenced.  The Hollywood plums - burgundy flesh - are past their peaks, but quite tasty too.

I also got the first couple of blackberries from a new variety that is thornless and can produce berries on canes that sprout from the ground this year (primocane).  Most take 2 years.  This one is called "Prime Ark Freedom", from primocane / developed in Arkansas, and free from thorns.  Only the first two berries so far, but huge and very tasty, and not too seedy.  Very sweet.  These look very promising for next year, conditions permitting.  I now have the blackberry patch well fenced, and should be getting arborist chips for mulch, free of charge,  in a few weeks.


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