"Like undercooked potatoes." But there are probably tasty ways to prepare it. After all, tofu itself is pretty tasteless, too, but tofu dishes with a good sauce are great. The residents of the Pacific Islands do eat quite a lot of it.
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Fences will work, but (and there are several buts)
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because they have to be at least 6' high or more (and you will find out by trial and error) and totally complete because they will exploit any deficiency. In many areas there are bylaws about how high fences can be. In rural areas such as we are, it's exorbitantly expensive for complete fencing. My vegetable garden, gowing peas, beans, tomatoes, garlic, lettuce, radishes, onions, pumpkins and zucchini, is small enough in area that it's not too bad, and besides my husband made the fences himself.
completely surrounded by native NZ bush on the edge of the regional park, so I leave it to the birds and geckos to manage. Someone years ago planted rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias here and there amongst the green, so this wintery time of year there are jewel-like colors popping up to cheer us. I recently harvested my one lemon from my potted tree on the deck. Not much sun to be had here beneath the canopy, but there were a few tiny alpine strawberries that lasted quite a while.
Asparagus often needs a few years for the rootstock to get established before it produces the thicker stalks that you're used to. For the first few years they are very skinny and it's just as well to let them go through their flowering cycle without cutting them. We've tried for some years to get them going in our garden but we haven't been all that successful...we have one surviving plant which hasn't reached the producing stage yet. Hopefully it will hang on.
I was the victim of a bit of false advertising. But the thing is growing well, so I have hopes for next year. I suppose I should mulch it over the winter?
I have heard about the ferns but I'm not sure if they sell them here or not.
Oddly, I got my chard idea from our plain ol' ordiary supermarket chain. They started selling it in both organic and regular varieties at least a couple of years ago. I've tried to grow spinach from seed, but it simply won't grow more than 2 inches high, and there it stays all summer. So when I passed by some chard seedlings at the garden center, I though maybe established plants (and big ones, since chard is so much larger than ordinary spinach) might somehow burst the size barrier, and so far I've been right! They've been growing, and I've been eating!
Hopefully they'll make it to your area soon. Things do tend to spread west after awhile (as a Nebraska native who never encountered a bagel or an English Muffin until going east for college, I can vouch for the trend, which seems to be speeding up).
The better to garden with. You know you are responsible for saving my tomatoes last year--it was the iron. I'm considering burying old cast iron skillets all over the place in the fall so I don't have to keep buying the granular stuff from the garden store all the time! But it works, and very quickly.
I think you're right about the cherry tree. The young, green fruit this year was very tiny compared to the usual size, and the smallest ones seemed to just dry up and die. We did have a fairly decent crop anyway. I just ate the last of them today, a month after harvest. So, is the idea to cut off some newer branches just before the fruit starts to develop, or just afterwards for the following year?
I've heard of trees that produce fruit that's too heavy, but since that never happens with my cherries and blackberries, I simply didn't pay attention. I do remember reading something about it though. I'd think there would be something that would work. Or you can mail all that annoying fruit to all us TORN-folk. I'm sure we'd all be wiling to help you out, and give it a good home.
I hope to find out one day E-D...though my odds are slim!
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amazing being able to grow bananas in Long Island. Are they juicy? Are they sweet?
Hoping to see bananas or flowers (which are magnificent) one year - these are only second-year plants grown from three inch pups and I may only see the fruit if I have a very long season - they are Japanese fiber bananas, which is a rather pasty and seedy sort, but can be cooked if you grow them, and are sufficiently brave! Their leaves are so amazing, they are my touch of whimsy in an otherwise native/wildlife garden...I just love the look and the shade they make. Quite a project to winterize but worth it, as I love them all summer.
Mmm, the poblano peppers are super yummy precious!!!!, sharp but sweet too! Great in Mexican food, I love putting them into saffron rice, also tasty sautéed with egg whites.
*IF* I ever get a banana to flower it will look like this...
Are the only things flourishing in my garden right now. I'm ashamed to say I've let them get HUGE and out of control - to the point where I'm going to need a chainsaw to prune them! They're pretty much the only things in my yard that survive our hot summers without constant attention, except for the plum tree, the lemon tree and a couple of clumps of pampas grass. On the bright side, the plum tree is producing heavily right now, while the lemon tree just sprouted some new green fruit. And there's some mint by the garage that comes back every year, however I don't trust it because I've seen cats pee on it
Cherry trees have a tendency to grow straight up and you want to encourage them to grow sideways.
During autumn dormancy you probably want to top off and hedge your tree at around 8 feet. And when thinning branches during dormancy any droopy branch or any branch smaller around than a pencil is fair game.
During the spring thin young branches to make sure all your blossoms are getting sun. Or you can actually bend the errant branches with ground anchored wires to ensure they spread adequately.
Next spring I'll send along a few crates of peaches for Fiesta.