L. Tims

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To me it looks like the red leaf is some blueberry pigment leaking into the leaves. I had this happen when I grew glass gem corn one year, I think it results from inadequate fruit set and the pigment needing somewhere else to go.
2 months ago
Don't worry, if grass does start to come through you can just snip it off with some scissors and mulch with it and it will die from lack of photosynthesis eventually.
2 months ago
I've been there, done that with the cardboard thing and I can tell you that roots will definitely NOT grow through it the first year. For annuals this was completely detrimental. For blueberries I'm not sure, if you provided enough fertility on top of it they might do OK the first year and then be able to grow through it the second. Then again it might completely stunt their growth, cause them to fail to pereniallize and set you back to square one the second year.

I would strongly consider removing it. I've had good luck making raised beds just by letting the grass grow a couple feet tall, cutting it as low as possible with a sickle, laying it flat on the ground and building the raised bed on top of that. As long as the raised bed is about a foot high or more and you plant into it immediately, no grass should get through, no cardboard needed.

I like your stone raised beds by the way! Very rustic.
2 months ago
Literally fluorescent? That's amazing, I would propogate it as a source of alternative lighting.

Haha okay probably not. I would just leave it alone and let it finish breaking down the tree stump. You are lucky it was there so you didn't have to use chemical stump remover or try to yank it out with a truck and some rope.

(Having looked it up, there are bioluminescent mushrooms but they all glow an eery green not a nice warm orange, so mushroom candles are probably not in the immediate future.)
2 months ago
I don't know if this helps but not all native Americans grew/grow it in clumps, the Tarahumara grow theirs in fields and plant beans around the perimeter. Not sure what benefit that has but it does seem like it'd give a good bean to corn ratio.
Hey if you're growing wasabi successfully you should look for a fancy Japanese restaurant to sell it to. The industrial farmers have had no luck with it, from what I've read. Demand is way higher than supply so it's really expensive.
2 months ago
Tony- Most wasabi is just horseradish dyed green anyways. Which is already a cold climate spice. I've heard that the real thing doesn't cause the nasal burn effect. So I've never had it, haha. But I like horseradish with it's accompanying nose burn so that's fine by me.

Cris- That's OK, thanks for telling me. I'm gonna find some kind of orange peel flavor somehow. I don't think the evergreen tree stuff everyone keeps mentioning is right for this though. Maybe bergamot herb is right, or seabuckthorn. Remember it's supposed to be a warming undertone, not sharp like a lemon.

Dustin- raisin and celery seed you say? I've never noticed that, I will have to pay attention for it the next time I drink some. To me, the cheap ones taste like black tea with pumpkin pie spice added, mostly cinnamon. The nicer ones have a mellow ginger and clove flavor.
2 months ago
Hey, they are in the same family! That's awesome.
2 months ago
I think flying dragon and trifoliate orange are the same thing. Or else, flying dragon is a variety of trifoliate orange.

Good to hear about the peel being good for pectin. Have you tried using the grated peel as a spice in place of orange peel?
2 months ago