How's your memory?

@mentalward (14693)
United States
May 3, 2011 1:32pm CST
Mine sucks! At least this time it's not really a bad thing. I've been keeping a close eye on my fruit trees since last summer's drought killed so much around here. As the weeks progressed, I saw with sadness that four of my trees didn't make it. BUT, I found out that I had planted four cherry trees when I can only remember planting two. Go figure! I ADORE Ranier cherries because they are the largest, sweetest cherries out there. So, instead of paying such a high price at the grocery store, I planted my own tree. It needs to cross-pollinate with another kind of cherry so I planted a Napoleon cherry tree. They're right behind Ranier in size and sweetness. They are the only cherry trees I can remember planting. This year, I noticed that four trees were coming out of dormancy at the same time. Then, I noticed that their blossoms were identical. That told me I had planted two other cherry trees. Yippee! Actually, I have no idea what kind of cherries they are. I'll have to wait until they grow to maturity and then give them my best guess. Hopefully, they'll be more Ranier trees. YUM! And, yes, I'll share! Anyway, the main thing is, I have cherries on each tree!!! I have HUNDREDS of cherries on these trees!!! They're only about 1/8" to 1/4" right now so I have to be patient but I'm already drooling in anticipation of harvest time. This will be the first year ANY of my cherry trees have produced fruit. (I got a few cherries on one tree last year but the drought killed them before they matured. ) Oh, and I'm ready for when the birds notice them. I have netting ready to toss over each tree. Anyone here have cherry trees that are producing? Do you have any other kind of fruit trees? I'd love to hear your stories about the first time you tasted fruit that you grew yourself. You just can't get that taste from the grocery store! Also, who has gardens growing this year? I just finished getting my new garden area ready for the dozens of tomato, pepper, eggplant, etc. plants I've started inside. I should get them in the ground tomorrow or Thursday, depending on when this newest rain front blows through. Anyone else tired of this rain? Geez, too little one year, too much the next. We need that national irrigation system I've been talking about for years now. Now, what was I talking about? Oh, right... fruit trees. (Maybe there's some attention deficit disorder in there with the memory issues?)
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@rosepedal64 (4191)
• United States
3 May 11
Lets see. Are you talking about years ago or now? My memory was great a few years back. Today I can't remember from one day to the next. I got up go into the kitchen by the time I got there it was gone what I was getting. I made three trips before I got what I went after. I think we all have too much on our plate to keep the memory moving freely. Have a great day and keep up the good work mental. Keep smiling.
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
3 May 11
I like the way you think! We have too much going on. Okay, the memory is fine, it's just that all that information is jumbled up in there with all the other stuff. That definitely may be what is happening with me. I've done the same thing you mentioned, gone into another room and completely forgot why, sometimes even before I got there. I'd forget where I was going. I usually remember if I go back to where I start from (assuming I haven't forgotten that!) and retrace my steps. I love that "AHA!" moment when the memory comes back. LOL Actually, the trees that I had planted and forgotten about were probably planted either the year we moved here or the year after that, which was only a few years ago. I plant new trees and other things every year so I guess it's not a real big deal to forget something I've planted. I guess I should start making a chart. Always smiling! You, too!
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@bagarad (14283)
• Paso Robles, California
16 Sep 11
You two sound just like me. I wish we could just go buy extra RAM for oursselves like we do for our computers. But it's great to get that extra exercise going up and down the stairs so I can remember what I came down for. If i'm this bad now, I really don't want to see what I'll be like at 80 or 90.
@dragon54u (31623)
• United States
3 May 11
A bad memory can give you some very nice surprises! I'm glad you have more trees than you thought--if you have more than you can handle I'll bet a soup kitchen would love to have them (if gov't regulations doesn't prevent your donation! ). I don't like cherries, they are so sour. I like the texture but the flavor is really awful. Too bad, because I would love to have something healthy like that to enjoy snacking on. My mom loved cherries but even though I tried them every year, I have never liked that sour fruit. My memory has more trouble short term. If I don't write down a checklist when I leave the house I end up turning around to check the stove, the oven or something else I may have left on. I have to write down "oven off-stove off-PC off-dogs watered", etc. and take it with me. I usually put the time and day, too, because I've done it and wondered if I picked up an old list!
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
3 May 11
Rainier Cherries - These are almost too pretty to eat but, if you've ever tried them, you won't be able to resist eating them. I'm really big on "sweet", especially when it comes to fruit and I won't eat any other kind of cherry, unless they're in a pie or something. These are definitely fresh eating cherries.
You know, I've been wondering how to get my extras to people who really need it. I'm going to start looking around to see if I can make a deal with some churches. They may need the health department to get involved but that wouldn't be an issue for me. These Ranier cherries are super sweet. I doubt you've ever tasted one of these because you'd be very surprised by how sweet they are. I don't like most other cherries because of the same thing... they're too sour. But these, well, there's no comparison. A few in like a quart-sized basket may be a little bit tart but, for the most part, they're very sweet. They really surprised me when I tried my first one. Oops, I just realized I'm spelling them wrong: Rainier cherries. Anyway, here's a picture, they're extremely pretty and exceptionally sweet. Their sugar content is so high that they have a shelf life of only two weeks which is why you don't see them in the stores all summer.
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@dragon54u (31623)
• United States
4 May 11
Oh, they are so lightly colored! My mom always liked the really dark red cherries. I will look for Rainier cherries this summer and try them!
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
4 May 11
@JenInTN (27536)
• United States
5 May 11
My memory is ok...it's just that there is a lot to remember..lol...I am tired of the rain and the cold. Just when we started to warm up...a cold snap comes through and we have a frost warning tonight. I don't have fruit trees..but I have a load of flowers that might suffer from tonight. I remember when I was little, the neighbors had a yard full of fruit trees. They hardly ever picked the fruit and when I would play with their children, I would try some. They didn't mind at all either. Looking back..I should have taken some home. The bees were terrible once the fruit started to fall off the trees. They had apple and pear trees. My favorite was the grape vines and the cherry tree though. I have always wanted to strawberries. I have been told they are hard to grow though. Blueberries would be awesome too.
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
5 May 11
Strawberries hard to grow? That's news to me! I had three plants to start with and they all produced runners (new plants) and those new ones produced more. I lost some last year in the drought but, still, I found about 20 still growing this spring and they're producing tons of strawberries. I have maybe 150 strawberries on those 20 plants right now. They have proven to be the easiest things I've grown so far! They like fertile soil so I add Miracle Grow Garden Soil each year and that's all I do. The rest is up to the plants and they do just fine. Only one thing... if the birds spot them once they're red, you'll have little beak prints in them. The birds seem to love anything red so I've had to build a frame with 1/2" wire mesh on it, light enough for me to raise up and gather the ripe strawberries but sturdy enough to prevent the birds or other critters from finding their way in. I have blueberry bushes. They're young, some I planted last year (I only lost one of them from the drought!) and some I planted just a couple of weeks ago. So far, I haven't gotten too many blueberries, maybe a dozen. Hopefully, next year I'll have more. Oh, I had three grape vines but they didn't make it through the drought so I bought five more (all seedless Concord, the highest in antioxidants). I plan to plant them far away from the house because of the bees. I know all about those bees! I grew up with a huge grape arbor on the back of our house. Every autumn, when the grapes were ripe, we had to run from the house past the arbor or risk getting stung. My mother made grape jelly every year and always got stung at least once. I'm as prepared as I can be for them, I think. When I was little, we had a neighbor with a HUGE cherry tree. At least, it was huge to us kids. The lady who owned it would always let us pick whatever we could reach as long as we brought our own bags to put them in. I loved picking them. I wish we had had more neighbors with fruit trees. Now that I'm growing all these things, I guess I'll be known as that lady with all the fruit. What I have too much of, I'm going to try to donate to churches with soup kitchens.
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@bagarad (14283)
• Paso Robles, California
16 Sep 11
I can't remember the name of it right now, but there is an organization that will come pick what you don't want and take it to the food banks. I've intended to use it if I had a surplus of anything, but the squirrels and racoons won't even leave enough for us.
@bagarad (14283)
• Paso Robles, California
16 Sep 11
I seem to be having a technical problem that won't be solved until I post something else in this comment box, so here goes. Sorry.
@vandana7 (82939)
• India
4 May 11
Honestly, I now feel I have company. Somebody told me avoiding sugar can be disastrous for memory. So sugar is back into my diet, but not excessive amount. Cant say I am bad at all times. But I am. It is like today I have to do this. I'd remember. Tomorrow I might think did I complete that work? :)
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
4 May 11
I'm so very happy to hear that avoiding sugar is very bad for memory! LOL I will definitely keep eating it! I certainly don't need my memory getting any worse! I bought ginko biloba once because I heard it was good for improving memory but I kept forgetting to take it. They got so old they finally expired so I had to throw out the bottle and never bought more. I write notes to myself all the time. I know I'd forget more things if I didn't have my reminders. I keep a small notebook with me at all times so I can write things down that I don't want to forget. It does help!
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4 May 11
mabe i should add more sugar to my diet too bcoz my memory also are getting poorer..when i was in grade school i was very good on memorizing phrases and numbers but now my memory sucks..maybe i got it on my head injury 5 years ago..
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
4 May 11
Ouch! Was your injury to the front of your head? I hear that's where our memories are made. I used to be able to remember everything without writing it down but, these days, geez. But, as long as I can still remember who I am, it's all good. Welcome to myLot, by the way. Hope you like it here.
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@Hatley (164094)
• Garden Grove, California
7 May 11
hi mentalward oh I do love cherries and stuck here in this tiresone retirement center I have not seen a cherry here in two years I have been here. great on canned crap like canned syrupy peaches and pairs. once we actually had fresh pineapple. they must have lost their minds that day. applesforget oranges are for snacks grape rarely. alot of us buy fresh fruit and veggies and eat them in our rooms.are ramoer cherries those with y ellow flesh that are very very sweet? yuck but I love dark bing cherries thagt we get in our California markets.They have a bit more tang to them. but all cherries are really great for you to eat. Here in California we have not had any rain lately but earlier in the year we got more rain than we had in years so now our water table is full and overflowing too. We had some fruit trees when we had our own house and a huge avocado tree and some cherries and plum trees. we had a loquat tree and it bore like crazy but for me the fruit is really gross,just plain yucky.
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
20 May 11
Hi Hatley. Yep, Rainier cherries are the yellow and red ones that are very, very sweet. I kinda think that one of the other cherry trees I planted may actually be a Bing cherry tree. If it is, I'm going to have to send you some! The tree is still rather small but it has quite a few dozen cherries growing on it this year. I had two plum trees but they were among the four that didn't make it through last year's drought. I was looking at new plum trees in a local nursery but they didn't look too healthy so I've decided to just buy plums at the grocery store whenever I want some. However, I did buy a fig tree to replace one of the plums so, hopefully, I'll have some figs in the not-too-distant future. That is, assuming this rain ever stops! Geez! It sure is making up for lost time. Our pier was almost under water a couple of days ago from all the rain we've been getting. Tomorrow is supposed to be the ONLY day in the next week without any rain and it has rained every day for the past week. I think I may have to build a HUGE greenhouse, big enough for my trees and everything else since our weather has been so unpredictable and unfriendly.
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• Australia
4 May 11
My memory can be shocking but then there are useless bits of information it holds onto that will never come in handy, but when i see someone whos name i know i am suppossed to know i go blank. I love cherries and have 1 smally cherry tree in the backyard we only planted a few years ago and this summer we got about a dozen from the entire tree. but it is only early days for the tree and there is only like 3 main branches on it. We have lots of lavender and a wattle tree near the cherry tree and i think the birds and Bees these plants attract helped germinate our fruit trees, cant wait to see how many we get next year. and how big it ends up when i am an old lady... lol
@vhings_88 (294)
• Philippines
4 May 11
Mine sucks too. I can't even remember the story of a movie that I had watched months ago nor the title of that movie. I have a short term memory, I can only remember things happened in a month but after that, I can't remember most of it. Even names and faces of people I met, I forget them easily. When I was in college I need to memorize all the things I wrote in my notes so I can answer the exam. funny to think because if I ever forget where did I wrote it, I will not remember it at all.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
6 May 11
Hey Marty, How exciting!! I too am a cherry lover and cherry pie, preserves and anything made with cherries I can't resist! Now, I used to have 2 huge cherry trees where I lived in the Mountains of Ca. Those were my Hippie days. I also had 40 apple trees, 2 pear trees, wild blackberry bushes, Concord grapes, as well as Green grapes. I was in heaven. These were all very mature trees and vines. There is one caution about your Cherry trees. I never tasted one single cherry due to the birds stripping the trees bare!! It was heart breaking! So take care. And good eating. Love Ya, Leenie
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
7 May 11
Hi Leenie! Sorry it took so long to respond but we didn't have cable all day. We lost electricity for a second and that came right back on but the internet and cable TV were kaput. We just got it back not long ago. Anyway, 40 apple trees!?!? WOW!!! I have 3 now. I had 2 and just added a Granny Smith tree. Hmmm, actually, I have everything you mentioned except for the green grapes. I just bought 5 new Concord grape vines because I lost the ones I had last year from the drought. Oh, and the blackberry bushes, I planted them, they're not wild but I do have wild raspberry bushes. Now, about those birds... I just lost my very first ripe strawberry to a bird. Grrrr! I was so anxious to pop that strawberry into my mouth. I could already taste it. Guess I didn't protect it well enough. But, the netting came out so now they're all covered. I bought enough plastic netting to cover all my trees and berry bushes this year (15' x 500'). I go outside and look at my little green cherries every day to see how much they've grown overnight. LOL Yeah, I'm anxious, can you tell? I'm well aware of birds and how much they love anything red. (I once saw a seagull fighting to pick up an entire apple. He never did make it. LOL) My son is on standby to help me cover the trees with the netting. And, if I have to sit out there every day, all day, to protect my cherries, I will! Well, maybe not all day every day but I will use every trick I can think of to scare the birds off. I'm anxious to make cherry cobbler for the first time this year so those birds, squirrels and all the other wild critters had better stay away! One of these days, I'm going to invite all my myLot friends here for a harvest feast! I'll be sure to put some cherries aside for you. I hope you're doing well and the weather hasn't been too bad for you. Take care! Love ya, too! Marti
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
7 May 11
Hey Marti, How exciting that you have so many trees and vines!! My Apple trees were all Golden Delicious except for one that was called Arkansas Black. They had a tartness and sweetness that I couldn't resist. I have never seen one since. It is absolutely my favorite! Marti you remind me of myself back when, except that I was too green to be ahead of the birds and critters. I am so jealous, but at the same time I hope you have a wonderful and bountiful harvest. Love Ya, Leenie
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
7 May 11
Golden Delicious apples are my absolute favorite. One of my trees is golden delicious, one is red delicious and now I have the granny smith. No fruit this year but maybe next, depending on what happens. I've decided I want to stay here. I'm tired of picking up and starting over... done that most of my life. So, I'm digging in my heels and staying put. HE can leave if he doesn't like it and if he doesn't kill himself first. (He drinks so much, smokes too much and has the worst eating habits I've ever seen of any human. He could live off of bacon and sausage if he was allowed to... not live long, of course, that would kill him fast.) Anyway, yep, I've put a lot of work into this place and I want to stick it out. If he leaves, I'll rent out rooms to my sons (if they want) and a friend of mine I've known since I was 16. He's retiring in 3 years and would love to move to VA. So, I've got it all covered.
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@AmbiePam (58169)
• United States
4 May 11
Oh my word. I am so jealous right now. I love cherries! And now my mouth is watering for them. I have to start checking the supermarket for them.
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
4 May 11
Hehehe I'm sorry! I didn't realize I'd make some people jealous! I'll just have to send you some of these cherries once they're ripe. I go out there every day and look at them to see how much they've grown overnight. LOL These Rainier cherries are my absolute favorite, hands down! Nothing compares to them in sweetness, no other cherry comes close. Rainier cherries are only available in the stores for a few weeks each year because they don't keep well due to their high sugar content. Ever since I first saw them in the grocery store and ate one (yeah, I "tested" one right there to see if they were worth paying the extra money for), I've been in love with these cherries. You ought to see me when I first see them in the stores each summer, I'm like a kid on Christmas morning. LOL At least, this year, I will be able to have my fill (hopefully) without paying a fortune.
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@AmbiePam (58169)
• United States
4 May 11
How do you keep the bugs from getting your cherries?
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
10 May 11
Gosh Marti I'm so far behind!!!! Ahhhhh!!!! LOL Oh I'll catch up eventually but good grief, I'm behind.... lol.... Anyway, we have an avacado tree growing really well that I expect to have lots of avacados coming out of our ears in the next year or two. Hubby had to put a fence around it to keep our dogs from tearing it up like they did my Weeping Willow tree. We got another one and it has a fence around it too! lol Plus we did had about 15 tomato plants.... lol We dug up about 10 of them and gave them to my parents because mom LOVES tomatoes. The reason we had so many is because of last years plants, the seeds from bad tomatoes which grew into more vines plus my hard headed husband didn't think they'd come up and bought two more Boy was he fooled! LOL He bought some cabbage and cucumber plants too and they're all growing great! Happy Happy Gardening My Friend!
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@Mickie30 (2629)
4 May 11
I do have problems with my memory. I am on certain medications and they have an effect on my memory. Well done for getting cherries on your trees that must be an amazing feeling. I am not good with planting anything so well done. You will probably enjoy them more because you have grown them yourself also.
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
5 May 11
Part of my memory problem is from medications, too, although I do have fibromyalgia. One of the things that normally accompanies fibromyalgia is memory and concentration problems. Whether that's from the medication for fibromyalgia or it's because of the fibromyalgia itself, I don't know but I know I have it. Age also has a part in it (in my case), I'm sure. Of course, someone here said that it's because we have so much stuff going on in our brains it's easy to forget or, more aptly, "misplace" our thoughts. I like that theory. LOL
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@dawnald (84260)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 May 11
You have cherries? I'm jealous... My memory has gone from remembering every little thing, to only remembering the things that are important to me. I now have to repeat names 3 or 4 times before they stick, and technical words go in one ear and out the other. One former boss of mine said that it was a matter of volume vs. capacity. Yeah, I'm tired of rain. It's stopped here. Maybe that's why we don't have cherries.
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
4 May 11
Yeah, I have cherries, well, little green ones right now but it looks like I'm going to have more than enough once they're ripe. I planted that tree the first year I lived here (at least I think I planted it that year) and here it is, four years later, FINALLY producing! I used to have a sign I kept on my desk at work that read, "PLEASE! I can only do 12 things at once!" It was a joke but also extremely me. I had a boss once who would be leaving for a meeting and give me a verbal list of the things he needed me to do while he was gone. Sometimes, that list would be like 10 things long but I never had to write them down. I'd always remember. These days, I can have a hard time remembering one thing! If I'm distracted, even by something small, I often forget the one thing that I was going to do unless I write it down. I have a small notebook that I carry around with me. I used to just write things on scraps of paper but almost always forgot where I'd put them down; ergo, the notebook.
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• United States
20 May 11
well im totally not a gardener but the memory probs i have been dealing with i SWEAR has gotten worse the last three months.. i cant figure out if its the freaking weather or what but its driving me nuts!
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
20 May 11
Well, I can say that this freaking weather is driving me nuts, too. My body responds according to the barometric pressure. When it's raining (and the pressure is low), I have no energy and I can't seem to think right. And, we sure have had more than our share of rain this Spring, huh? We've had a solid week of rain and another week expected, except for tomorrow, when no rain is forecast. I'm going to have to spend every second of sunlight outside tomorrow, just to soak up enough to make up for these two solid weeks of rain. (We've had flooding in this state, too. Our pier was almost totally underwater at one point.) Have you started any new medications recently? I mean, within the past 4 to 6 weeks? Some medications aren't totally absorbed by our bodies for that length of time and, if it's something that might affect our memory, it can take that long before it happens and we don't always associate the memory issue with the medications. But, I kinda think it's more likely that you've been especially busy lately with all those doctor's appointments. Geez, girl. You've been going through the wringer lately, huh? I hope all comes out well for you and you can soon slow down with the doc appts and be able to relax a bit. I bet your memory comes back once you do, well, as much as possible for someone with fibromyalgia.
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• United States
20 May 11
well fibro pain wise i thought it was the cold weather but it got worse when it warmed up lol.. as far as meds i had an increase in my add meds but if anything that would help lol.. and yeah im killing myself with all these docs but its my fault.. some of the things i am getting checked out i have just been dealing with for years because hubby was having a lot of health probs and last thing i needed was to try and be there for him while trying new meds or having surgery etc.. the list is a mile long and well since hubs seems to be like me and not gonna ever get a break from docs i figured why wait anymore? i just sooo dont want the bills to come in.. i went from debt free and a 10k savings to almost all 7 credit cards maxed from medical crap.. but when i went to my pcp to get referrals (some docs still wont see me with out them even though i dont need them) she went ahead and started me up with all the docs and appts at once.. i just hope its over with soon.. i still have a few more things i need checked out but i gotta finish what i started or im gonna flare up and not make ANY appts
• United States
3 May 11
My memory sucked too zoo I started eating blueberries and it helped alot now I can remember WAY better (:
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
3 May 11
Hi comapchuy and welcome to myLot. Blueberries, huh? What is it about them that helps the memory? I thought ginko biloba was good for the memory and I even got some of that but kept forgetting to take it. I eat blueberries whenever I get the opportunity (I just had blueberry pancakes yesterday... yummy!) and I grow my own so, when they are ready to harvest I have plenty of them but never really noticed a difference in my memory.
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@iklananda (1202)
3 May 11
Take a deep rest and long one or perhaps go to vacation that will help you so much
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
3 May 11
I would love to go on a vacation but now is definitely not the time. I will be going to the beach later in the summer, probably for a week, and I know that will help me to relax but for now it's planting time for my garden plus I'm starting a new business which involves a lot of details. Once all that is done, I'll be able to relax some. Thank you for the suggestions, though. I'll take your advice, only a little later.
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@bagarad (14283)
• Paso Robles, California
16 Sep 11
I am so glad I found this discussion while searching before starting one similar. I havve really enjoyed reading all the comments thus far and I feel an instant sense of rapport here with the group on this discussion. It seems we should be having a cup of tea together around a table full of cherry and apple pies to share. First, it's nice to know I'm not the only one with the memory problems. But that's been pretty well covered. Mentalward, your fruit trees make me green with envy. We used to have a red delicious apple tree that had the best apples ever when we moved here. Last year it split down the middle. We were able to save part of it and it has some small apples this year, but we didn't get one of them because of the deer. The deer also ate all the apples from the other apple tree. Something also ate all our grapes this year inside the fenced area that keeps deer out, so it must have been the squirrels that ate all of last year's garden, or the racoons. We did get a few yellow pear tomatoes in this garden and a few other varieties I had in pots on the patio on the property I inherited from my mom. We also got a few lemon cucumbers. We used to live in a house with a small back yard in another county and we had a white peach, a white nectarine, an apricot tree, and a plum tree that bore heavily and were wonderful. Our avocado tree was just getting ready to bear it's first crop when we had to move. We expected when we moved to a large property with an orchard already planted we'd have all the fruit we wanted, but we weren't prepared for the four-legged thieves. First we found gophers and deer. Then the racoons discovered the buffet and thought it was for them. We still managed to get something for our efforts, though not as we had hoped. Last year the squirrels descended on us and we got nothing but the only crop of apricots our tree had ever borne. WE were very thankful that tree was spared. Maybe the squirrels didn't like them as much as the other goodies we had in the garden. It makes me feel good to see you enjoying your orchard and garden so much. I'd love to walk with you through that orchard and let you tell me about each tree. I'd love to see your garden. I hope it didn't get flooded out, since I know the weather has been mean to your part of the country this past few weeks. By now you should be harvesting or have already harvested. I'm very happy to have met you here in this discussion.