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Old 12-09-2013, 05:44 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Among the 60 fruiting trees, shrubs, and vines in 25-gallon pots, waiting to be planted in the ground:
White Sapote "Suebelle"
Pineapple Guava (feijoa) "Nazemetz"
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You previously had the 'Lickver's Pride' feijoa. How did that perform for you? I don't have it yet, but should soon.
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Neurotoxins.

My wife is cuban and they have been having soursop smoothies and cherimoya smoothies all her life and he family too.

Wait, that could explain why they are the way they are!!

I have read good and bad things regarding those things in the annonas.

I have 2 trees about 3 years old and 7 seedlings that just came up in September.

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I'd think it would be fine in moderation.
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I'd think it (Cherimoya fruit) would be fine in moderation.
Several years ago I calculated that 5 per year would be "safe" for an adult with no genetic pre-disposition for side effects. Above that, the dosage enters into an region of uncertainty depending how many years your consumption continues. At 21 per year (from fruit or juice) for 2 or more continuous years, you are in the 99 percentile for Atypical Parkinson's Disease symptoms.

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You previously had the 'Lickver's Pride' feijoa. How did that perform for you? I don't have it yet, but should soon.
I really like that cultivar. It bears a little earlier and a little larger fruit than Nazemetz. I'd really like to get another but I don't currently have a source.

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I am curious about your rain gutter p-stem combo? I'm sure you have thought of a support system once they get bigger? Bump/wind guard so the naners don't get bent or mess-up gutter and shingles ?
I've had some practice at this. Here's a picture of bananas growing at my former property in October 2010:

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We're finished with replacing the entire electrical system and installation of central heating and air. Now the dry wall repair begins!

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How did you leave all those huge bananas behind? I would cry.
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How did you leave all those huge bananas behind? I would cry.
Well, of course they are large up to the point of fruiting, then when the fruit is ready to pick the entire plant is cut down and a pup is allowed to grow for next year's crop.

I think the hard part was leaving behind the half-raised bed that Tony helped build, along with the massive corms that had to be pruned on a regular basis.

I will rebuild it here. Hopefully I can take a similar picture in 2 years' time.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:01 PM   #107 (permalink)
 
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Well true. I guess bananas make it easier. Another reason to love banana plants.
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Well, of course they are large up to the point of fruiting, then when the fruit is ready to pick the entire plant is cut down and a pup is allowed to grow for next year's crop.

I think the hard part was leaving behind the half-raised bed that Tony helped build, along with the massive corms that had to be pruned on a regular basis.

I will rebuild it here. Hopefully I can take a similar picture in 2 years' time.
Corm power once achieved is a wonderful and beautiful thing.. :^)
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We decided to enlarge the master bath by stealing space from the closet -- so at the moment we have a room with a view!

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We also wanted more light in the kitchen and bedrooms, so we cut 3 new holes in the exterior walls

Here's the new kitchen window


and the new trapezoidal windows for the north bedrooms
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The new odd-shaped windows picture looks like it needs the caption of "Worried house is worried."
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Richard, are you living in the home while all this work is going on??
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Richard, are you living in the home while all this work is going on??
Yes - Gabriela, Littlefoot, I, and the six cases of wine I bought during BevMo's half off sale this summer!

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The new odd-shaped windows picture looks like it needs the caption of "Worried house is worried."
That small object on the wall centered between the windows but near the ground level is an electrical outlet box. I'm debating putting some kind of "nose" above it to make the picture complete!

The slope on the top edge of the windows is slightly greater than the roof slope BUT it is a very good match to the slope of the ceiling on the interior walls:




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The interior walls are now all patched and texturized, so now it's time to think about COLORS!!

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That's the most difficult part
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... and after testing 21 quart sample cans of paint on the walls yesterday, we picked 7 colors to use:
Living Room (light yellow)
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Here's the upgraded version of my house plans (click, and then click again to enlarge):

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wow! how long will all that take?
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I notice you have Lickver's Pride on your map? Have you found a source? If so, do you think that the source would ship one to me?
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I notice you have Lickver's Pride on your map? Have you found a source? If so, do you think that the source would ship one to me?
I haven't selected a source, but I know several places to go looking. The same is true for the green sapote.

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wow! how long will all that take?
Yesterday afternoon there was 1 pump truck, 4 truckloads of cement, and a crew of five guys who completed the installation of footings around the property.

Today is clean-up day from the pour, and tomorrow a several pallets of masonry brick etc. arrive. Starting Friday, the installation of the retaining walls on top of the footings begins. That plus a whole lot of grading (back-filling the walls and leveling soil around the property) might be finished by New Year's.

Then it will be time to dig trenches for irrigation, followed by installation of the trees. My guess is that we'll be done by Valentine's Day at the earliest.

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