Inspiring. I aspire to a garden which is planned around the amount of
rainfall we get, but it doesn't always work out that way.
Our tomatillo gets some watering (and droops a bit). Our lettuce
mostly died (partly due to neglect :-)) a while ago. Our tomatoes
probably would be greener with more water (as it is they are dying
back and not producing a whole lot of new fruit, but hopefully will
perk up in the fall a bit).
But the rosemary, basil, mint, oregano, lemon verbena, strawberries,
okra, raspberries, paw paw, apple, and probably some others I'm
forgetting to mention, don't seem to need watering.
Here in Maryland we're at a D2 (severe) drought, according to
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html . This is usually a dry
(and hot) time of year. But this year is drier than usual.
According to what I have read, you'll need at least two (different
cultivars) to get fruit. So you'll need to keep or replace the
crippled one, sounds like.
Beats me. I've resisted the temptation to pick one from a local park
or the botanic gardens (even if I wanted to ruin it for others, blah
blah blah, it would be hard to get there just when the fruit is ripe)
and I haven't made it to the one farmer's market around here which is
said to sell them.
http://www.integrationacres.com/products.html claims to sell them by
mail order (fresh in season, or frozen pulp) but I'd be curious how
well that works. Paw paws don't store or ship especially well,
according to everything I've read.
My own two trees are about 2-3 feet tall. One is 'Davis' the other
'Mango' (these cultivars originated by being collected from wild trees
in Michigan and Georgia). Planted them this spring from small nursury
plants. They're doing OK - put on some leaves but no huge growth
spurt yet. Hopefully they are putting down that deep taproot which
paw paws are known for.
Some sources say the flavor varies quite a bit from cultivar to
cultivar (or tree to tree in the case of seedlings).
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