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Happy Equinox

Older readers may remember that there’s an abandoned orchard next to me (the astute may remember that I tried, unsuccessfully, to buy it once). I went today for my annual bucket of apples and…they had all been hoovered up.

Whoever did it had a good tidy up afterward and left two neat piles of brush, so I suspect something like a church group that was given permission.

Never mind. I got my bucket of apples. One tree was left unpicked, presumably for les autres. Or perhaps they seemed more trouble than they’re worth: they’re tiny and sweet.

Picking apples seemed a thing to do on the equinox.


Comment from LesterIII
Time: September 21, 2020, 10:13 pm

I’ve posted it before, but The Autumnal Equinox is my favorite time to watch the gloriously cheesy film that is “The Equinox… A Journey Into The Supernatural”.


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 21, 2020, 10:17 pm

Surely little sweet apples are worth picking 🙂 Fresh apple cake (very fresh!) is wonderful. Especially with divine Devonshire cream.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: September 21, 2020, 10:24 pm

And yes, Stoaty, picking apples does seem like an appropriate Equinox activity.

Comment from dissent
Time: September 22, 2020, 2:58 am

Went apple picking last Sunday with family. I don’t think any of them will last long enough to cook with.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 22, 2020, 1:47 pm

JavaMan and I spent last week house shopping, and high on my want list was a property with fruit trees, or enough land to plant some fruit trees—preferably apples. Peaches just break your heart.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 22, 2020, 3:03 pm

Peaches? Hell, squash breaks mine. Our vine plants all rot at the root line after starting out gangbusters.

Now if nutgrass was useful, we’d be rich.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 22, 2020, 4:23 pm

I loves the squash—every kind and color (fried, steamed, roasted/baked, dropped in chicken soup 🙂
Sorry to read that your plants rotted. Did you buy started plants or plant from seed?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 22, 2020, 5:32 pm

I think I’ve done it both ways now.

I don’t know if it’s because the local soil has a fungus grunge thing that infects them or if yours truly is doing something I shouldn’t like, overwatering? wnder watering? Planting them where they didn’t get enough sun, too much sun (Texas ya know, so sun and all)

Our lettuce grew fine, but the vines, sooooo promising, healthy looking, all got the crud before they yielded more than about 2 squash.

Various neighbors have awesome vines, I see them growing over their 6 foot fences, but mine….(soft and embarrassing weeping sounds)

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