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November 07, 2020

Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread, November 7, 2020 [KT]

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Hi, everybody! Ready for a little break in the garden? Neal in Israel sent us a series of photos of pomegranate blossoms, fruits and a plant. The lovely blossoms above are an example.

Shalom

Most of the items I've sent to you have shown plants which are not native to the Land of Israel, so I thought it would be nice to also present a native.

The pomegranate is one of the "Seven Species" mentioned by Moses in the description of the Land of Israel included in his valedictory speech to the people of Israel, as they prepare to cross the Jordan and enter the Land:

For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land ... a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and [date] honey.

Deuteronomy, Chapter 8, verses 7-8 (link)


The Edible Garden

Edible pomegranates grow on trees/bushes which can reach 2-3 meters in height. Our pomegranate is a decorative dwarf variety. The original plant produced several offspring in its pot in our city garden, and since being transplanted into the ground here in Bat Hefer, the original small family has continued to grow through self seeding. The pomegranate "grove" is now about 70 cm high and 110 cm wide. Offspring from the plants growing in front of our house have also appeared around the corner of the house in the backyard

The plants bloom and fruit throughout the spring/summer season. Thus you can see all the stages - from flower bud to mature fruit, on the plants at the same - as illustrated in the series of photos attached.

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We have two varieties of edible pomegranates. The flowers are not as ruffly as Neal's, but the bushes are much bigger. We are between varieties right now. Just finished harvesting the first tree.

Wish List for Next Year's Tomatoes

Time to start getting your tomato wish list together for next year. Do you have a recommendation for The Horde?

Does Arkansas Traveler fit your climate? I grew it one year here in Central California. Mild, pink, medium-sized. Big plant. On the late side.

An excellent tasting tomato with a great balance of sweet and tart flavors, these 8 oz round pink-red tomatoes grow on vigorous vines. Arkansas Traveler was developed by the University of Arkansas and was released in 1968. It has some disease resistance and is known for being able to produce in adverse growing conditions of high heat, humidity or drought. Indeterminate.
90 Days. Bred at the University of Arkansas by Joe McFerran as an updated version of the region's famously high quality pink tomatoes. Pink fruits are rough, medium-sized, about 6 oz., with an excellent, creamy, mild flavor.

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Arkansas Traveler, The Tomato

Arkansas Traveler, The Music

Edible Landscaping

Here, striking Dragon Kale add some drama to a decorative ornamental arrangement.

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Puttering

Yesterday, we changed a light switch. I am grateful for copper wire. And needle nosed pliers. Have you done any household repairs lately?

Gardens of The Horde

Here in the Central Valley of California, it rained a little overnight. Hope it rained on the fires, too. My Tropical Milkweed is flopping over the sidewalk some. I think it is Silky Gold. We don't seem to be the the Monarch migration path, and it's past the season, anyway, but the flowers are still kind of nice in the fall.

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How is the weather treating your yard or garden?

If you would like to send information and/or photos for the Saturday Gardening Thread, the address is:

ktinthegarden
at that g mail dot com place

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