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The house we're now renting, has a hybrid fruit tree in back. Our
first summer here we didn't know that what it was. All of sudden it
seemed it was growing these green fuzz balls. A week or 2 later we saw
that they changed colors and found that they were peaches, but there
were also nectarines and plums. Most of them the bugs and worms got
which attracted the birds. We were soon invaded by birds that would
start fighting each other for the bug infested fruit leaving the
remains to rot on the patio.

Last summer we weren't able to get any of the fruit as everyone had
worm holes.

Scott C.

On 04/26/2013 02:46 PM, Jim Kinney wrote:
> Yay Food!
> I have a batch of the funny brown tomato seeds ready to start
> sprouting. The fruits look odd but are very, very tasty. Grape
> vines are in but not trellised yet (merlot in Georgia will be a
> challenge!) and the new fig tree is looking happy. I didn't get
> around to splitting out the root runner off the early blueberry
> bush (again) this winter and it looks better than the mother bush.
> The other 2 blueberries are fruiting out nicely.
> I'll probably plant some other stuff soon but I have such limited
> full sun it's hard to narrow down the choices. I've learned my
> lesson about sugar pie pumpkins - plant those AFTER July 1 so the
> squash vine wasp won't get them. We eat pumpkin pie for breakfast
> :-) YUM! way better than cheerios, poptarts or bagels.
> Oh. I also planted a cascade hops vine this year :-) I still need
> to set up the ling string to the gutter for it. It's got 3 good
> shoots now at nearly 3 feet up a pole.
> The plum tree from 7 years ago has never produced a single bloom as
> is likely to get the axe to make room for a dwarf apple or pear
> tree. Bummer. It was from a runner off a relatives plum tree that
> cranked out 15-25 lbs of red plums every year. the last apple tree
> I had got hit by a sudden April freeze that killed all the leave
> buds (3 days below 25F will do that). We had been getting really
> good cooking/canning apples from that one. I almost held a memorial
> service for it.
> We no longer get volunteer tomatoes from 8 years ago. We had a
> single plant called "garden candy" that put out a steady stream of
> thumb-sized sugar-sweet OMFG!!! tomatoes from June until frost. The
> birds hauled off a bunch and those seeds popped up plants for the
> next 4 years. The drought finally stopped all that fun. Very sad
> now but very happy then. Hard to collect seeds from it as we ate
> all before they made it inside. Not a single one EVER hit a salad
> :-)
> On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM, Beddingfield, Allen <allen at ua.edu 
> <mailto:allen at ua.edu>> wrote:
> So, this is about as far off topic as one can stray, but I thought
> I would throw it out here for an afternoon diversion on this
> pretty spring day (at least it is a pretty spring day over here in
> Alabama :) ) Are any of you into gardening? If so, what do you
> plant, and what have you already gotten in the ground for this
> season? I start most of my tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc...
> from seed, and I have them up and almost ready to set out.  I've
> been tilling during the brief periods when it has not been
> raining/too wet from rain, and I haven't been at work. I'm hoping
> to get the first round of tomatoes in the ground in the upcoming
> week, along with squash, corn, green beans, cucumbers, and lima
> beans. I start from seed and set out fresh batches of tomatoes at
> about 2-3 week intervals through August, giving me fresh tomatoes
> through Fall, so I have lots of tomato plants in various stages of
> growth. Lots of work, but I love my fresh vegetables almost as much
> as I love growing them :) Allen B.
> -- Allen Beddingfield Systems Engineer The University of Alabama
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