Beirut, Fuyu, Sacramento discussed on KFBK Garden Show
The embargo if you will until they finally realized there are no more oriental, fruit flies in Sacramento county. They got them all we won't know that till June. But in the meantime, if you have backyard fruit and right now it would be citrus oranges lemons mandarins, eat them yourself. Don't distribute them throughout the area. Because just in case it might spread. The the core dean area itself is about one hundred twenty two miles of Sacramento in yolo county's. And this you may recall happened last August where they found a few oriental fruit flies in one area in south Sacramento. And so basically, they set a perimeter rather large perimeter and put up traps, and I think today, they've only found a few more, and it's all been within the area. And I think the good news is what they have found are male oriental, fruit flies, which is a good thing. So anyway, they're still trapping them. So in the meantime, you grew it now eat it. Don't give it away. Are you can process it and give it away? You could take persimmons and slice them up. Put them in your dehydrated, dry them and give them away for Christmas gifts, and that would be okay. A fruit. Fly wouldn't survive that? However, then you might get a call from a relative like I did who said, hey, I got your gift of dried persimmons. What do I do with them? Pam you eat them. What their food? Yeah. Th there from the persimmon and she says, I've never had a persimmon. Well, then it's about time you're ten years older than me. Okay. I got that out of my system. I feel better than now. So basically, it is a tasty treat I did have to explain that persimmons. Do grow on trees. And it is if you are considering planting fruit trees, what we used to call Beirut fruit trees in January there now all potted up so Beirut's kind of a misnomer. But if you're going out to choose new fruit trees, the deciduous fruit trees, basically are sticks now at nurseries you may want to consider a Fuyu persimmon as opposed to a cheer persimmon. Now, I know the hotel has its fans, but if you take a bite out of Chia that's growing on a tree. Have somebody with a cell phone camera taking pictures of you as you eat a cheer off a tree because you're gonna make some very strange faces. It's a rather astringent piece of fruit the Fuyu persimmons on the other hand can be eaten straight off the tree. Now, the can be eaten after it has undergone a thorough drying process, basically, hanging on a clothesline and wait for it to become all wrinkly. And then it's pretty good. And I think one of our listeners I was talking about this view weeks ago in one of our listeners, actually tried something. I had suggested about drying, achieves peeling them and drying them. And they're okay. They don't taste a stringent, and he tried it and it worked. So if you do efforts, she is you may try peeling them dehydrating them, and then they're good to go. They have that nice sweet persimmon flavor. But if you just want to eat fresh fruit off a tree. Go with the foo it is one of the better selling fruit tree varieties in our area. For a very good reason. It's one of the last producing deciduous fruit trees of the season producing in October, November December I noticed the farmer's markets. Still have them talking to a few vendors. They're saying that they'll probably have some insight until January, and like I say choose the food for you. If you never had a few you if you are like my sister and have never had a persimmon, then go to a farmer's market. Get yourself a Fuyu persimmons and try it. And if you have a dehydrated dry a few and try it I think you're going to really enjoy it. So yes, it is as we like to say Beirut season. But again, the term bare root is a misnomer. It used to be when you went to the nursery this time of year to pick out either fruit trees or rose bushes in January. They would all be plunged in this bed of sod. Sticks inside dust, and what was nifty about that? Was you could pluck it out of the sawdust? Look at the roots doesn't have a healthy root system. Okay. Wrap this up for me. And when they would wrap it up, they would take some of that wet sawdust put it in some newspaper, and then wrapped the root area in that wets saw sawdust newspaper, which meant that as soon as you got it home. You had to do something with it. Either plunge it in a bucket of water, which is always a good idea to let it soak up some water for a few hours before planting or immediately planted now that bare root plants both fruit trees roses are usually sold in. Containers that easily breakdown in the soil, and this is a benefit for everybody concerned for the grower. As far as shipping goes for the retailer as far as holding onto inventory for later in the season, and for you, the gardener because with these in containers like they are now all you need to do when you take it home is maybe soak that pot in a bigger bucket of water. Then cut off the bottom put some slits in the side dig a whole put it in the ground leaving that top lip of that container about an inch or so above the soil level to allow for settling and you may want to remove that top lip in order to allow water to either flow away or flow towards that tree. So it it's much easier to plant in this new day and age of the corrugated containers that they sell fruit trees in this is a benefit for retailers. Because now they don't have to go to the expense of repotting as extensively as the use to before at the end of January and February they'd have to take those all those unsold roses. And fruit trees and pop them up in their own containers with their own soil mix. Now, they're coming in a container. So they can leave him in a container for a few months. And then as soon as they are about to but out they can repot them into bigger pots and keep them around the nursery for June or July or whatever and.