Woody McInish

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since May 03, 2017
I am a retired chef living in a dome cabin I built on a woodland hillside. I use no chemicals, urine fertilizer, and year-round leaf mulch. No-till on clay soil low in organic matter. I practice tough-love gardening--plants must grow well in my soil as it is or they get dropped.
Boston Mountains, NW Arkansas
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Steve Thorn wrote:

Woody McInish wrote:Nikita's Gift persimmon (American x Oriental). No bug, disease, or animal problems. Fruit the 4th year. Delicious, nutritious, no care.

That's awesome!

How would you describe the flavor? I tried one from the grocery store, and it didn't have much taste, but I figured they probably picked it very unripe to ship it.

I'm sure the one you tried was an Oriental and not a NG cross. The NG is sweet and crispy early ripening to very sweet, juicy, and soft later.
3 weeks ago
Nikita's Gift persimmon (American x Oriental). No bug, disease, or animal problems. Fruit the 4th year. Delicious, nutritious, no care. I got mine at Burnt Ridge.
3 weeks ago
Nova and York grow carefree in my 6b/7a garden. Be prepared, they are big, about 8ft.tall and 8 ft.across. Very heat and drought resistant.
1 month ago
18 varieties of small tomatoes dry farmed on untilled clay soil in very hot summer, 2018.
14 varieties died or produced very few fruits.
4 varieties were very productive throughout the season. 2 wild tomatoes: Coyote and Matts Wild Cherry. 2 other tomatoes had very heavy yields: Indigo Pear and Yellow Bell.
One of your plants should be Misty, from the Univ. of Fla. blueberry breeding program. Early delicious berries but also the most fragrant blueberry. Perfumes my whole garden when it flowers.
3 months ago
Historical note: the Himalayan blackberry was introduced by Luther Burbank.
10 months ago
If you're hiking in the woods and you see a Zebra Swallowtail butterfly (Eurytides marcellus) there will be Pawpaws nearby as the caterpillar only eats leaves of the Pawpaw.
11 months ago
I also wish I had discovered Resilient Seeds sooner. I'm trying several varieties this year including Swedish Red pole peas, a highly productive soup pea.
Burnt Ridge offers seeds, seedlings, and named varieties.

I'm starting with 6 seedlings this year. Thanks for the advice.
1 year ago
Joseph Lofthouse, Carol Deppe, and one not mentioned yet:
Ruth Stout.