Atlanta Fruitman’s Blog

April 20, 2009, 12:08 am
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I got my first mosquito  bite today.  I guess their out now. I was hoping they would wait for a while longer so I could enjoy hanging out side – not that I am running for cover… yet, but I will need to be more mindful of covering my body when I am outside. I saw a small swarm around a container of water a few days ago.  I have found that if I put a little dish-washing liquid in the water, their little baby crib becomes a trap. The soap changes the water tension so when they land on the water, they fall in a drown and any larvae that are in the water suffocate.Yeah, I’m a saddest. I actually keep some water outside now to draw them in. Their biting early this year it seems. Our nights are still a bit cold. Maybe cause it is because all of this rain we have been having. I dont know.  Maybe it its me.

This rain is really strange though, after all, we are in a drought pattern right.  Is this the end? Are we going to make up for all the lost rain four the last 4 years? It seems so. Dont get me wrong I like rain. Everything is growing fast and green like I have seen in a long time. There are its down side for me too (not just the bugs). All this rain came during a week when my cherries and almonds were blooming. The bees dont really like to work in the rain, so the flowers suffered in pollination and plus all the wet seems the make mold flourishing the blooms. I will not have a good crop this year. I am not so worried about the Nanking – the production could be cut by half and I still would have plenty to eat and share. I just wanted to have good crop of Stalla cherries to show off.  Its still a bit early to know for sure, I dont think I will have more than a pint or so.

My fingers are crossed.


Rites of Spring
April 12, 2009, 6:58 pm
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This Easter is a specially  gorgeous day the birds are singing and the bees are buzzing all around.

I thought it would be nice to brake out my special southern spring cocktail:

half water and Muscadine homebrew wine in a jar filled with frozen nanking cherries.

I love theis time of year….

Fruit Hunters
April 11, 2009, 1:45 pm
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My I suggest an interesting book for people interested in some of the stranger goings on in fruit culture. The book is called Fruit Hunters by Adam Leith Gollner. I bought this book about a year ago and put it with the other big stack of books I have yet to read. I regret putting it to the top of my list because I got to briefly meet the author, plus oddly enough, I seem to have meet some of the colorful characters in the book. It’s kind of strange reading about people you have meet or emailed that are not at all the celebrity types – ones that you think is all that colorful. This of course makes you look at yourself in the mirror in a slightly new light…but that a different story. The book goes deeper in to the fruit underground of smuggling, US policy and history. Being somewhat fruit fan, I really wanted more….a part II, because I think he has yet to tell the full story. There are many others out there that need their stories told. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else out there had read the book and was interested in their thoughts. I really want to hear from non fruity people to get their thoughts. I guess I want confirmation that I am not a weird as I thought. 🙂

New Pawpaws!
April 2, 2009, 3:40 am
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We ll it looks like I will be getting my tree new papaws pretty soon.  I extra excited by the fact these are ordered from one of the best papaw breeders in the nation – Neal Peterson. His stock is on always on back order. Of course, I have no idea where to put them. I have 3 trees already that are not growing the way they should, so I am a little nervous about putting them in the same location. I am really anxious for some fruit off my trees. I have waited to long with the others. I only got one other fruit 2 years ago. Though it was heavenly, I want at least few pieces of heaven every year.