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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2016 at 4:09pm

Wouldn't you know it, people get dramatic about the littlest things! I wish I had room here at my Spokane home; Laura doesn't want deciduous trees planted because of the fire risks. The forest isn't drying out now, however, we are making a lot of room for the fire barrier. They have no springs on their property or streams. The water comes from wells and it takes every bit of well water to service their two homes that draw from it. 

I understand Ginkgos tolerate dry as well as wet. Is that your experience? There is a piece of property lower than their place that has lots of springs, streams, and a high water table. I sure would like to own that piece of group for an orchard.  

Comment by Daniel W on November 8, 2016 at 2:56pm

Joan, I don't thinkg the ginko seeds are that bad.  Nature can have some stinky things.  I think the smell is butyric acid, which also flavors some fermented foods.    People like to be dramatic.

I collected another bag of seeds over the past couple of weeks.  Why?  I don't know.  I would not have places to plant the trees if they all grow.  There is a method that Chinese cooks use to make the seeds into a nut, but I don't know it and neither does Ning.

My largest and oldest ginkgo tree is definitely a male.  It bloomed last year with male catkins.  I was happy about that, because that makes it much less likely for someone to get irritated about the stinky seeds and cut it down.  I used that as a source of scion, and grafted onto three seedling trees that I started 2 or 3 years ago.  Two grafts took.  We'll see how they do next year.

I don't know how close a male tree needs to be for the females to produce seeds.  I know several trees within 2 miles of my house, each producing seeds with no other gingko tree within a few blocks.

Taking a break today, election day.  Yesterday hauled another truckload of tree leaves for my orchard mulch.  Fifteen fruit trees are now tucked in for the winter, about ten more to go.  One of the neighbors called me "The leaf angel" because I cleaned up his yard for a truckload of leaves.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:39pm

Daniel, I enjoyed the avocado & ghosts of evolution videos and story of the female Gingko biloba 

Ginkgo Trees Stink Up Cities When Seeds Fall

"[T]he seeds smell something like a mix of vomit and putrid cheese."

"When young, female ginkgos—the seed-producing kind—are impossible to tell apart from male trees. It takes a female at least 25 years to produce its first seeds, and even then, only females planted within close vicinity of a male end up doing so."

"Ginkgo seeds smell horrible, and their toxic flesh may cause rashes. But every fall, they are at the center of a citywide scavenger hunt.

“We eat them,” Wang Tong said as she looked for fallen seeds under several ginkgo trees."

"At over 200 million years old, they survived whatever killed the dinosaurs, and some of them withstood the atomic bomb blast that struck Hiroshima in 1945.

“They leafed out again the following spring,” said Peter Crane, dean of Yale University’s school of forestry and author of a recent book on the ginkgo tree"

This is, indeed, a remarkable tree. I tried repeatedly to get one started in my west garden and they just did not like the soil or the air or the neighbors. Happily, you were able to get them to grow, Daniel. Have any of them turned out to be female?

The photo of your Persimmons look so festive. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 5, 2016 at 7:13am
'Tis the season--for persimmons and pears. That's about the only fruits I eat now--with added raspberries.
I've had so many "reds", I've made 9 gallons of raspberry wine!
Comment by k.h. ky on November 4, 2016 at 3:46pm
Bertold, the cactus is beautiful. I put mine outside, in heavy shade and leave it until the first frost is forecasted. I brought it in about two weeks ago and the blooms are just starting to open.

Daniel, what's a hyacinthiode? Like a Hyacinth? I'm not familiar.
Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2016 at 2:04pm

Daniel, interesting videos about Avocados and Ginko.

I used to like Bananas and Avocados a lot, but my old tasting apparatus tells me they are rather bland now, so I don't eat them anymore.  But I'm going to try some Avocados again because that video said they're a natural laxative, and I could use anything that gets things moving.  Especially naturally.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2016 at 1:02pm

Persimmons are really tasty if you freeze them first too.

Comment by Daniel W on November 4, 2016 at 11:44am

Randy, the mild astringency of bananas puts me off a bit.  The smalll Vietnamese bananas are even more so.  Not a problem since I'm not growing them.  I do love guacamole or avocado sandwiches.  Also that they are something favored by massive ground sloths.

Persimmons are also thought to be an evolutionary anachronism, whose dispersal mammal long disappeared before entry of the more omnivorous Homo sapiens.   Here is a plate from my Asian / American hybrid persimmon tree.  The first plate of fully ripe persimmons ever from my home orchard.  So tasty!  Slice in half and eat the jelly-like contents with a spoon.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 4, 2016 at 7:38am

While I enjoy 99% of most foods, avocados are in the 1% I don't. Taste and texture repulse me. And I know they're a very healthy food. For what it's worth, I'm not a big fan of bananas, either--for the same reason.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 3, 2016 at 6:51pm

Interesting video on avocados - I'm definitely a big fan.

 

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