I got to taste a kind of fruit that dinosaurs ate

I recently encountered a fruit I’d never seen or heard of before: the finger-sop (Meiogyne cylindrica), native to Australia. The thing about the fruit that instantly impressed me was how much it resembled our native North American pawpaws (Asimina species), with one striking difference – instead of a greenish-yellow skin, the skin of finger-sop is … More I got to taste a kind of fruit that dinosaurs ate

Fig-Grafting Update: Progress with Ficus pumila

Time for a long-overdue update on my project to explore potentially nematode-resistant fig rootstocks. The project hasn’t progressed as fast as I would have liked, but I do have some potentially promising results with the Ficus species I rated as a “wildcard” in my first post on this topic: creeping fig, Ficus pumila. To recap, … More Fig-Grafting Update: Progress with Ficus pumila

In Search Of Nematode-Resistant Fig Rootstocks – Progress Report 1

Figs are a great fruit that’s mostly well-adapted to the south-eastern US, but they’ve got a major problem limiting them in our area: root-knot nematodes. Many of our soils are full of these microscopic parasitic worms that burrow into the roots of fig trees, sucking sap and impairing the roots’ ability to pull water and … More In Search Of Nematode-Resistant Fig Rootstocks – Progress Report 1

Gainesville, FL people: the ‘Turkey Lake’ persimmon tree at Dreamers Garden is LOADED right now.

Gainesville people: the ‘Turkey Lake’ persimmon tree at Dreamers Garden is LOADED right now. Free to all. Please indulge in some sweet autumnal bounty. Corner of NW 10th Ave and 4th St, across from Earth Pets. #Diospyrosvirginiana #Autumn #Ebenaceae #Persimmon