Jamin Grey

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Last year, my mom's neighbor got some free Huckleberry seeds from a seed company (as part of a larger seed order), and planted them, and let my mom pick them.

According to my mom, they tasted terrible - like spinach. Adding sugar to them didn't help, as then they tasted like spinach with sugar.
But my mom made fantastic "wine" out of them. So much so that at Thanksgiving last year, pretty much the whole family was saying it was the best wine she's made yet.

I want to plant the same species, but apparently, there are multiple plants people call Huckleberry.

This year, I bought "Chichiquelite Huckleberry" from Baker Creek and grew them - it wasn't the correct thing. The wine was decent, but not what everyone was raving about last year.

I've asked the neighbor what seed company it was that sent them, but haven't got a response.

Any idea what this might've been?

I'm 95% pretty sure it was an annual, the neighbor said it was "huckleberry" but could've lost track, and it ostensibly tastes like spinach.
1 day ago

Tammy Farraway wrote:They're about 7 years old [...]
The lemon has been giving us about a lemon a year for 4 years. This year we've just harvested one, and the tree has 3 others in various stages. The lime tree has set some tiny little fruit, but never kept them past that stage.

Do you bring them outside during summer?

I want to get some citrus, but not if I'm only going to get a dozen fruit a year.
1 day ago
Here's a picture of what I'm talking about:
5 days ago

Gray Henon wrote:
We have minimal problems with our pigs and chickens.  Sheep and goats are another story.  Parasites eat from within, and feral dogs / coyotes occasionally inflict cruel injuries despite a well charged perimeter fence.

I only have two sheep, but I also have flocks of freerange poultry, and packs of coyotes that try to come near my animals but never get within a thousand feet of them.

I have two pyranese dogs, also free ranged, that kick serious coyote butt, so leave us along 95% of the time, and get their butts kicked the other 5%.

My dogs are household pets, and go in and out freely. But pyranese were actually bred by the French to be raised as puppies within flocks of sheep, to treat the sheep as their pack and protect them.

My dogs treat the humans as the pack, but still guard the animals, and don't eat any of the free range animals (e.g. no eating chickens).
6 days ago
I have some grape vines planted on a grape arbor I built.

The vines are intentionally climbing up the 4x4 ACQ posts.

Grape vines can get fairly thick over time. I'm wondering, as I wrap the vines around the posts, should I space them out a little bit with a scrap of wood I can later remove as their stems expand?

How much of a spacer should I use? 3/4" or a 2x4 (1.5")?
I figure I just need it on two sides of the post, not all four.

What do you think?
6 days ago

Anita Martin wrote:
That makes me think that it is indeed a pollination problem.
Tomatoes will easily self-pollinate. A little bit of wind or moving air is enough to get the pollen on the stamina (right word?) of the same blossom - that's why you often get less tomatoes in a greenhouse!
Not sure about peppers.
Have you ever seen pollinators on the blossoms? I can see my bees flying among the blossoms of the tomatillo.

And have you bought the plants or grown them from seeds?

I grew them from seed. Common variety Toma Verde from a professional seed compaby (RareSeeds.com / Baker Creek)

They are not in any greenhouse - just outdoors with plenty of wind.

Tiny tomatillos begin to form in the husks, but don't grow to fill out the husk, leading me to think maybe I should've pruned the plants.

I have eight or so plants. Maybe I'll go prune two of them and leave the others alone, and see if it makes a difference in the time I have left.
6 days ago
I hope you're right... frosts are getting awfully close. Probably 60 days left for me (if I protect them from the first one or two with frost blankets).
1 week ago
It's nice to gdt things into the "correct" spot from the get go, but occasionally you do need to move them.

If possible, try to think ahead for the sake of not stressing the plant (or yourself!).

What sometimes helps is thinking about your property in a "this year, next year, sometime in next 10 years" kind of way. Not just your plants, but your property as a whole. Things like home extensions, building sheds, or etc may force you to move plants if you didn't think ahead.

This year I wanted to build a grape arbor. I also want to sometime down the road build a greenhouse/hoophouse. So I built my grape arbor with the intention that it'll become the back wall of the greenhouse in five or so years, if I can ever get enough money for it.

On the other hand, sometimes things just don't work out in one location. I had an apricot tree in an area where apparently it was too muddy, so the tree died from too much moisture. So I got another apricot tree, and had to place it on higher ground in a spot where I wasn't intending any fruit trees to go. Meh, it happens.
1 week ago
I keep an Excel spreadsheet.

Really, it's virtually no work for me doing record keeping, I don't spend hardly any time in it.

I just write the varieties down, and a few notes ("good for canning", "good for juice", "turns yellow when ripe", etc), plus what quarter it was planted in (e.g. Spring 2015), how many years it's expected before bearing fruit (4-6 years), and when to harvest (Late July).

That all sounds like a buttload of work, but it's really not - I just copy it off the order page of the site I ordered it from, and only need to do it once per species. Like 3 minutes per new species. And only for perennials like bushes or trees.

Each tree I plant I assign a number (Apple #12). I need to somehow tag my trees with that number, but alas, my "permanent weather proof tags" keep being ripped off by wind and the perment xtreme weatherproof sharpie keeps wearing off in the sub.
1 week ago
I planted eight or so tomatillo plants, that have grown like crazy. They have also flowered well, and have produced collectively probably close to a thousand papery husks.

But they aren't filling out! 95% or more are empty!

People talk about a lack of polination due to a lack of ibsects pollinating them.
I doubt this is the cause - my tomatoes in the beds next to them on three seperate sides all have put on plenty of fruit.
My pepper plants in a bed on the catacorner also produced plentifully.

We've had plenty of rain, plus they are on irrigation. I doubt it's a lack of water.
They also get full evening sun for ~6 hours.

I haven't pruned them, but I hear it's not neccessary for tomatillos.

Any ideas? This is my first time growing tomatilloes, and this is making me one sad tomatillo-less panda. =(...
1 week ago