On 2/20/2016 10:26 PM, email@example.com wrote:
We will leave many of the navels on the tree until they blossoms
force us to pick them -- eating them off the tree as desired.
The Valencias get juiced. This year, so many navels that we are
juicing them as well. Note that about half of the weight of
the fruit gets lost in the juicing. E.g., 25 pounds of oranges
yields about 6 quarts of juice (~12 pounds of liquid). The other
13 pounds goes in the trash. So, I'm guessing 15G of juice
out of this harvest.
Last year, "fresh" oranges until June (out of the refrigerator)
and (frozen) OJ until October. This year, we'll probably make
it through December with the OJ.
(Having a very large freezer helps!)
On 2/20/2016 11:14 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm not, either! I enjoy the lemons in my tea (more than a gallon gone,
already). Also used in a couple of meals we prepare. The blood oranges
were "mine, exclusively" (juiced). I used to look forward to a tall glass
The limes are good for making lime sherbet and ceviche. But, before
the OLD tree fell victim to the cold, we would drop off ~40-50 pounds
at the laundry at the local hospital (mexican workers would suck on
lime slices while working) -- a little lime goes a LONG way (though,
if you let them get *overly* ripe, they become very mellow and sweet!)
The pomegranate "experiment" was a failure. Despite seeing them
grow like weeds in a neighbor's yard (who just lets the fruit ROT
on the trees!)
Nor any luck with the artichokes.
Our hope is the new *dwarf* navels mature quickly and we can rely
on them instead of the single semidwarf. Likewise, lose the valencia
and replace it with a blood orange. All genuine dwarfs so we can
protect them from the cold, easier (the semidwarfs are too big to
cover -- 4 king size sheets sewn together per tree).
We grow coconuts and pineapples but they are largely maintenance free.
We have been planting coconut trees down the river and some day there
may be dozens of trees growing there.
It will be our legacy to go along with Thomas Edison's bamboo.
The pineapples come from the cut off tops of store bought fruit and
the coconuts we grow from the nut.
Some sprouted from our trees and we find a sprouted nut in the river
now and then.
On 2/21/2016 12:27 AM, email@example.com wrote:
I'm hoping my neighbors don't see all the damn wildflowers as mine! :>
Hmmm... never would have thought the top of a pineapple would
be a viable start to a new plant! OTOH, what *else* is there by
way of "seed"?!
I tend to (want to) approach these things more rationally; i.e.,
why grow something if we can *buy* it? SWMBO claims our oranges
are "much better" than anything store bought (we had a late
freeze one year that killed off all the blossoms; she bought
oranges from the store and the first words out of her mouth were
"Oh, these are SO disappointing!").
As such, if you assume you're going to be growing *some* fruit,
then you've already accepted the burden of doing so. Adding
a lemon and blood orange is easier than opting to "add" the
OTOH, some things have had mixed results. E.g., the pineapple
guava fruit is essentially useless to us (acquired taste?).
But, the blossoms are really pretty, the bush is reasonably
dense (helps as a privacy screen) *and* it is pretty drought
tolerant (so we can skimp on the watering).
What I've seen around here (central Florida) isn't stone, it is concrete
molded and colored to look like stone. No reason it couldn't be fabricated
in large units but it doesn't look like it. It doesn't look like it because
one can find "stones" that are identical in shape and form but different in
coloration. I would guess that the mode of attachment is mortar, thinset or
I think Eldorodo does make panels but that is the cultured stone, not
real stone. It may look OK from across the street but up close you
know it isn't real. If you are not doing a wide expanse, I imagine you
also get some waste and you are cutting the panels. A diamond blade in
a circular saw or a side grinder goes right through it. I got 8 boxes
of Eldorodo stacking stone left over from a job and we used them for
garden edging. (set in a poured concrete border).
I have a lot of stone work here.
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