Category Archives: Plants

Mushrooms in the orchard – Nov 2012

November has been a cool and rainy month for us this year. This kind of weather certainly brings out the mushrooms! There are a lot of “old friends” popping up everywhere in the orchard, inky caps, fairy cups and clumps … Continue reading

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Asparagus Berries/Seed

While traveling past one of the Harry & David pear orchards a week or so back, the family noticed a bunch of red berries on a plant growing along the roadside. After stopping to look, it was obvious that it … Continue reading

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Water Chestnuts – Harvest Day

The water chestnut experiment was completed today. Overall, I would say that the experiment to see if water chestnuts could be grown in southern Oregon was a success. However, the total yield was very small (~2 lbs) from the 16 … Continue reading

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Starting Black Locust from Seed

I planted a dozen or so Black Locust seedling trees around our property last year.. and the deer found them delicious! They didn’t even get a chance to settle in before getting completely chomped. The trees were not big enough … Continue reading

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Saving Seeds

We’re working on processing and packaging some seed from the vegetable garden today, so I thought I would post pics of some of the seed we have put aside this year. Good seed production from the carrots! The swiss chard … Continue reading

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Snacking in the Orchard

The heat of summer has finally arrived, it seems. With it comes the chance to sample some new flavors of fruit and berries! I was excited to see the Tayberries plumping up over the past week, and now they have … Continue reading

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Water chestnuts – June Update

The water chestnuts are still growing! I have not had a chance to set up their grow-basket in the 12′ round pool, but with the help of my 3 boys a couple weekends ago, I was able to set up … Continue reading

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