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Comment by Randall Smith on March 7, 2017 at 7:07am
Daniel should answer your question(s), Tom. As for using pine for firewood, hmmm. They say that the creosote gums up the flue and is hard to remove. I don't know about the wood chips.

On another note, looking out my window this morning, I just noticed blooms on my apricot trees! And it's only March 7. They're a month early. They'll surely be nipped by cold weather coming this weekend. No big deal--I never get any apricots anyway. Pretty blossoms, however.
Comment by Thomas Murray on March 6, 2017 at 1:25pm

To Green Thumbers,

There is a tree service company that gives away tree logs, rounds and wood chips by the truckful and also delivers them free to your property if their job site is nearby.  I have gotton a truck full pine logs already waiting for me to cut them up for firewood.

So the question I have, what can the wood chips be used for? I know that some species of trees have toxic oils that can kill plants so could be good for killing weeds too.

But what else?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 6, 2017 at 10:32am

When the black walnuts are ripe, I'll probably ask my neighbor if I can try some.  See if it's worth the effort to get the meat out.  I like them much more than english walnuts.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 6, 2017 at 7:21am

Hey Spud, it doesn't hurt to ask your neighbor about her walnuts. I have two "neighbors" that I've asked and received permission for their English walnuts. I'm still thinking about planting one myself. Unlike black walnuts, English are very easy to crack and extract. It's a night and day difference.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 5, 2017 at 9:59am

Thanks for the wish Randy.  I'm trying to talk myself into looking for a black walnut tree here and asking the person that owns it if they use the nuts.  I think there's one in the back yard of my neighbor across the street, but I'm like Daniel in that I don't like asking people for things.  I do give that neighbor some of my pears, but still hesitate to ask her.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 5, 2017 at 9:51am

I expect the pomegranate tree to grow here.  I'm planting it on the south side of the house where it will get lots of heat.  Before winter, I'll build a greenhouse over it to keep it from dying in the cold months.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 5, 2017 at 7:22am
I don't dilute my urine. I figure rain will do that. Asparagus is very hardy. Plus I've heard it is salt resistant. I was going to quit spreading pee this summer, but with Daniel's info, I may continue.

Spud, I wish I could supply you with black walnuts. They are ubiquitous around these parts. True, it takes some time and effort to remove the meat, but very much worth it.
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 4, 2017 at 2:39pm

I'm going to purchase another Pomegranate tree this year, and not from Burpee.  It was bare-root and never had one leaf.  This year I'm buying one growing in a pot from plantmegreen.com  It costs $77 with shipping.

I was considering buying a Black Walnut, but have decided not to for 3 reasons.  It would make a large part of my small garden space toxic for a lot of other plants, I would probably get very lazy about picking out the meat, and it would probably take a long time to produce.

A couple of days ago, I received 5 pounds of black walnut meat that cost me $10/pound.  It tastes good, so that will have to do me for now.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 4, 2017 at 7:35am

When we occasionally write/converse about silly (dare I use the word "inane"?) things in some of our groups, I often wonder what newcomers think. But then again, who cares(?).

Randy or Randall, I respond to either, the latter being more formal and how I sign my name. So Tom it is. Happy to read your comments here.

To answer Daniels question about my "Indiana yard": it's on hold. We had a cold snap this past week, even an inch of the white stuff overnight. I have started peeing in a bucket for my garden. Asparagus ground is getting the majority of it now. It'll be coming up in a month or so. I'm thinking (dangerous) the nitrogen will be good for it, and the salt will kill the weeds and grasses. Yes? 

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 3, 2017 at 10:32am


I am called Tom (and a few of other explicit names) locally, however there a couple of other Tom's here on Nexus. If I were to be called Ton here on Nexus It might cause confusions of which Toms here we are referring to. Lemme think what other name I could use.

Decades ago, when I was a grounds keeper, one of my client had a humming bird feeder. During lunch break I would sit and watch the  dogfights between the humming birds and the bees battling over the feeder.  It's amazing how the birds outmaneuvered the bees.


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