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Old 03-23-2012, 10:54 PM   #61
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I've never heard them called tuna either, TL. We can get pickled and fresh nopales at the store here, love them.
Oddly, the fruit, the "pears," came to be "tuna," the Spanish term. The pad became "nopal" from the Aztec. There are at least three places in Texas that are or have been called Nopal. There are a number of places called "La Tuna," one of them giving its name to La Tuna Federal Prison at Anthony in El Paso County. And there was, up to sometime after 1935, a Tuna, Texas, so the popular stage comedy performances of Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas are not set in a wholly fictional town as is often said.

They were obviously of great importance. They kept cattle going when all other vegetation failed. Ranchers used torches and, by the 1950's, propane burners to remove the spines. Anyone who lived on a South Texas ranch then knows all about the burners. They had an unholy roar that could be heard for miles. Cattle came running at the sound. And anyone who had to operate one nursed facial and hand blisters for days. But the sound is mostly remembered because, to the ranchers, it meant hard times. They should have done what coyote does in the Mexican tales and brushed the spines off with his tail before eating.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:14 AM   #62
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I'm hoping that it cools down at least a bit(I doubt it will) so that my tomatoes will give me a few more before the end of the season. I've got several hundred limes just growing larger than my thumbnail now, the ruby red is flowering and a pineapple is blooming and prepping to be eaten
Jim up until a few yrs ago when my best mate sold his house in Kendal Dade( at the bottom end of Kendal Drive) we would spend up to six weeks there in Jan/Feb.
There is a fantastic pick your own farm just across the drive from Publix.When my wife was in the hairdresser I would go and spend a few hours with the owner just telling him how lucky he was with the climate compared to the UK.

On one visit my kid brother came with us, he is a Royal Horticultural Soc Gold Medal winner for orchids garden :: GOLD AT TATTON picture by Hvar2010 - Photobucket we visited a government Horticultural site in south florida that blew the three of us away!!!
He told them who he was and the gave us a private tour.I was shocked at how much my brother new. I was really proud of him.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:18 AM   #63
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We don't plant a garden anymore, but the asparagus bed I planted 20 years ago is still producing, and we are picking fresh asparagus right now!
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:29 PM   #64
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I worked like a dog all day today, but I got a lot of stuff planted.

Four grapevines
broccoli
cauliflower
cabbage
kale
beets
turnips
two types of pole beans
peas

Tomorrow I hope to have in: collards, swiss chard, mustard, mesculan lettuce, spinach, radishes, and carrots.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:42 AM   #65
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I just bought four English lavender plants that I repotted in real pretty pots so I can take them inside during the winter...............
I use lavender in cooking, so I want to make sure they are not sprayed
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:33 PM   #66
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I worked Monday, today, and maybe tomorrow, so I have not had a chance to plant the collards, swiss chard, mustard, mesculan lettuce, spinach, radishes, and carrots.

They will have to wait on the weekend, unfortunately!
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:37 AM   #67
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YAY! Kathleen planted!

Last night we went over and she put in peas and white onions. We have to be out at sunset (garden rules) and the temperature was dropping and getting chilly so she didn't get the garlic in.

But we now have peas and onions in!
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When is she going to plant the radishes?
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:33 AM   #69
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A friend in Rochester, MN has asparagus up. I checked, but I didn't find any hint the same is happening here. I have a hard time getting my head around asparagus up in MN already. Officially, we always went out to collect wild asparagus about the same time that walleye season opened (around May 15th as I recall). In Northern MN (about 6-7 hours north of Rochester), they are still collecting maple sap.
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When is she going to plant the radishes?
Erma. I really couldn't tell you if that is on the list. I want me garlic, shallots and maters.
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