Brian Rumsey

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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Thanks for all the ideas, everyone. Sounds like leaf mold is a great thing to work on -- thanks Michael for tipping me off to that thread. Sounds like some people in that thread are finding ways to deal with many more leaves than I have. B Beeson, great tips -- the new place is actually in Iowa and I've updated my profile to reflect that. A little cooler, a little wetter -- better conditions for making leaf mold, I would think. I have a shady spot that would be great especially if I can fence it in a bit to keep leaves from blowing away. Jonathan, haven't gotten to watching the videos yet but thanks for the link.
1 year ago
I'm wondering what tips people might be able to share about what they do with large amounts of leaves fallen from trees. I live on nearly an acre, in an established older neighborhood, with several good sized trees. This is a neighborhood where people take pride in their nice lawns. I'm not interested in living up to that exact standard, but I still want to be a good neighbor and not have leaves blowing everywhere. We just moved into the house last summer and so far it's pretty much all still yard although we've got big plans for the long term.

Something needs to be done about the leaves -- if I just leave them there to decompose, they'll continue to kill grass (not the biggest deal in the world) and blow into neighbors' yards. The main options I can think of are make a big pile in an out-of-the way corner to decompose, which would still leave them vulnerable to blowing, or take many truckloads of them to the city compost dump site, which would be lots of extra work and would rob the soil of organic matter that originated there. Does anybody have tips to share on how to deal with large volumes of fallen leaves, ideally in a way that they can eventually be beneficial to the soil, but at least that won't bother the neighbors too much or necessitate truckload after truckload of hauling away?
1 year ago
I've grown a lot of passion flowers/fruits and have had some fruit in containers. I've only ever had them fruit in containers when outside for the summer, not plants that are grown exclusively indoors. They don't have to be all that big (or heavily fertilized) to set fruit, but plants in small pots simply won't set a lot of fruit.

I've unfortunately never had much success with the standard edible passion fruit, P. edulis. It's never bloomed for me. I've gotten lots of fruit from maypops, P. incarnata, though never in pots. The variety that has most frequently fruited for me in a container is a hybrid, P. "Blue Eyed Susan." Its fruits are often not filled very well with pulp, but the taste is very good.

So, in short, I think it's very possible. Might work well with P. incarnata -- I've simply never felt much need to try because I could overwinter it outdoors. You also have to have at least two different clones or varieties blooming at the same time, in my experience, for pollination.
Howdy, Jeff! I have an upcoming trip to Puebla and was doing a little searching on plant/garden-related things to see while there, so I was excited to find this post. Are there any such sites you'd recommend?
Thanks for the feedback. It's good to hear I'm not the only one who is in this boat. And good point, Rose, about the ripeness not being quite as important when making cider.

Feeding the rejects to pigs is a great idea. Now, I just need a pig. Someday...
3 years ago
I have what's probably an embarrassingly simple question. (I fancy myself to be fairly experienced in the garden but am still a bit of a novice when it comes to fruit trees.) My wife and I are renting an old farmhouse with some overgrown apple trees that we have pruned back into vitality. They are loaded with apples, but are dropping apples all over the place. Yet the apples still in the trees don't seem quite ripe. What is the best strategy for picking apples at a good level of ripeness? All at once, or in stages? We've also heard a lot of cautions about using apples from the ground for cider-making, but it seems unfortunate for so many to go to waste.

Thanks for any feedback!
3 years ago
How are your pistachios coming? Were the worms obvious? I had one germinate about 10 days ago. It looked good at first but then a few days ago it became wilty and is leaning badly. I thought maybe the pot had gotten too dry but water didn't remedy the situation. It's still there, wilted but not completely dead looking.
3 years ago
Thanks for the feedback, elle -- I've bookmarked your page. I'm excited to hear about your progress since we're in the same boat.
3 years ago
Sorry to hear of the frost and/or insect damage. I had never used wall-o-waters before this year but am trying one on a fig that started budding out way too early, about two weeks ago. Seems to be keeping it safe so far, and could be an idea for young pomegranates.
3 years ago
This thread really caught my attention. Home grown pistachios? So tantalizing! To see that they survive winters in Utah gave this Kansan hope, and some further digging revealed a passage in J. Russell Smith's Tree Crops noting that they have been successfully grown just west of Wichita, in the same state where I am.

I would love to someday get ahold of some of the Utah plants/seeds, but in the meantime I am going to try some seeds intended for planting that I purchased on eBay from Turkey. Does anybody have germination tips? I didn't find all that much info online. Some info suggested a damp chill of a few weeks prior to planting. I've currently got a few seeds in warm moist soil, in pots under indoor heat. Also got a few in the fridge. I've got seed from two different sources -- one is bare kernels without the shell, and the other is in kernels. I'm assuming that these might not germinate exactly the same.
3 years ago