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Tree talk - Livin' the Good Life

Sep. 6th, 2006

02:04 pm - Tree talk

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Since Maya is still in Oregon and Damian is visiting Ely in L.A., I am in charge of their garden. It's quite a responsibility, as well as a pleasure. Anyway, because of this, I've been spending even more time out in the yard than usual. I've been assessing the trees in both of our yards, and this is what I've decided. The best trees for our area (that thrive and give the most food/enjoyment) are mesquite, mulberry, royal rosa apricot, fig, pomegranate, pistachio, jujube, california pepper, desert willow, mimosa, lemon and eucalyptus. I'll let you know if I come up with more, but for now, these trees are doing great! The trees that are alive, but not thriving, are: pear, plum, almond, sweet acacia, another brand of apricot, ash, elm (appears to have elm disease), and our cottonwood is doing wonderfully well this year, but only because it gets the run-off from our cooler for at least 12 hours a day. Normally, cottonwoods take way too much water for the desert (they like to have their feet in water by a pond or stream), and they usually look like they are struggling here. I don't recommend them. The jury is still out on the persimmon. I haven't gotton one to live yet. But, we have a friend nearby, and she has a happy, healthy, mature, and PROLIFIC persimmon tree. So, I'm not going to give up easily on that one. I am undecided about our "fruited mulberry". The fruitless mulberry trees are looking excellent and very happy. The fruited mulberry started off like gangbusters last spring but has been looking poorly the last few weeks. The leaves are brittle and light-colored. (Usually they are a deep, dark green.) I'm giving it all I've got, though, because this tree has three-inch-long berries in the spring that are as delicious as any blackberry I've ever tasted! I really want this tree to live!! I hear olive trees do well here, and I plan to plant one. Our grapes are happy here, but that's a vine, and vines are a whole other catagory. I'll talk about that another time. I'll just say that I've had extra good luck with vines. I can't say much about the garden. Corn does not appear to be a good crop here. Okra, cucumbers, watermelon and peppers have flourished. I'm still deciding about the rest. Enough sitting in front of a screen. I need to go outside!

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