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Fruit Injuries
« on: January 15, 2012, 06:51:50 PM »
I have an Emperor lychee in a big pot (probably weighs 150 lbs) and today I wanted to move it to a sunnier spot in my yard. When grabbing the top of the pot through the hand-truck to get it to lean back, the pot quickly slammed back into the top of my hand trapping it between the pot and the crossbar of the hand-truck; not fun. That got me to thinking...what are your fruit related injuries: pulled backs from moving pots and soil? Falling off of ladders? Spider bites? Let's hear the stories...
« Last Edit: January 15, 2012, 07:03:32 PM by BluePalm »
They're like the Varmint-Cong...

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2012, 06:56:15 PM »
I cut my finger open last week grafting Jakfruit with Murahilin!

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2012, 07:25:44 PM »
i climb to the very top of my ladder to place footies onto my apple, peach and nectarine trees. often i am perched with one foot on the ladder and one foot against a wall or a gate-its an absolute miracle that i have not fallen yet, but it is definitly a matter of time. as i'm falling, i will be thinking, oh f**k

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2012, 10:26:58 AM »
So far today- Fire ant bites.  They set up  farms around some mealy bugs in a mango tree and do not like being disturbed.  Sorry guys- you and your mealy bug farm have to go!

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 12:16:39 PM »
Recent injury about 2 weeks ago, was walking fast through the garden and kneed into a Stenocereus stellas. Knee was swollen for 4-5 days, a few spines broke off into the knee (plucked all of them out). That was no fun, it caused a minor histamine response.
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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012, 04:45:41 PM »
Gwennin, last year I was standing under my Dot mango and was inspecting the tree for pests and unbeknownst to me I was on top of a fire ant nest that was obscured by the grass. Needless to say I got both of my shoes and socks off in less than 4 seconds!!
They're like the Varmint-Cong...

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2012, 05:48:43 PM »
One of the contenders for winner in this category would have been Sleep from the GW Forum.  He stabbed his thigh with a nice new grafting tool, sending him to the ER for stitches.  Speaking of which, I need to drop him an e-mail to let him know about this new forum.

As for me, my worst injuries have involved a slight slip of the grafting knife carving a nice slit into my thumb.  Or then there was the time that my back went out after trying to lift a large stump.  Or maybe it was the time that I got into a hornet's nest and got stung about 15 times by the nest's unhappy residents.  I have had the obligatory standing a fire ant mound enjoyment, of course.  I am sure there have been others over the years, but the mind tries to forget pain.


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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2012, 06:08:57 PM »
We call it "the fire ant dance"- where you hop around on one leg as you stamp the other foot on the ground while trying to get the shoe/socks off to wipe away the ants.  It is quite easy to recognize here- everyone in "el campo" does it....almost as popular as  Salsa!

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2012, 06:15:36 PM »
the absence of fire ants is the first decent perk ive heard, for living in NYC

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2012, 06:24:06 PM »
Don't worry, Gerry, they are heading your way!

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2012, 07:00:20 PM »
harry- more like, im headed their way- very excited to see your garden (and you of course!) on sunday and i should have a goody to bring you. did you get the honey by the way?

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Re: Fruit Injuries
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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2012, 08:24:23 PM »



"Fruit" injuries, not vegetable injuries...  :D
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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2013, 06:32:29 PM »
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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2013, 07:08:24 PM »
I got clobbered on the head from a dropped coconut. A friend of mine was up on a tree dropping the drinking cocos laden with water from the tree crown. I was a bit anxious because he was dropping them into tall grass and worried i wouldn't find them later. I ventured too close and whamo! I saw stars but no serious injury. Yes i have one hard head because that was a direct hit from 25 feet! It happened many years ago, but i still remember it clearly somehow.  ::) :o  It knocked some sense into me.  ;)
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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2013, 07:15:05 PM »
The very first mango tree I brought home was from Del Mar Fairgrounds Home & Garden Show - a 15gal Haden.  I was carrying it back to the car and, while wearing flip flops, managed to drop it from about 3' up onto my left foot - smashing my big toe.  It was squirting blood all over the place out of the side of the nail - straight out of a Quentin Tarantino film.  The nail turned black a day or so later but never fell off... 6 years later, I still have a big black mark on my left toe under the nail.

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2013, 07:15:18 PM »
I've almost lost an eye, reaching down to grab a 3 gal pot...not realizing there was a bamboo pole in the pot.

I got my forehead gouged...but it healed quickly.

I think I remember cookiemonster devised a unique solution for this problem...he took used water bottles (most common size bottle, 500ml), turned them upside down and put them on the ends of all his bamboo poles.

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2013, 07:29:38 PM »
I got knocked out by a mango tree when I was younger. We used to play football around a mango tree in the middle of a 1/4acre grassed area at our old house and I jumped for a high ball and woke up 5 mins later with a nasty gash on the back of my head.

I also cracked a front tooth while pulling out an unwated canistel with a healthy taproot. I'm a teeth gritter.

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2013, 11:41:04 PM »
Just yesterday I was plating my mangosteen and forgot about a metal rebar in the ground. The bar was a little sharp at the edge and went straight threw my jeans through my underwear into my thigh... haha it was an immediate trip to the ER for a tetanus shot! And today I was picking some strawberry papayas and the milk/sap dripped straight into my eye. As we speak my eye is red and swollen... The things we do for our fruit trees are just incredible!

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2013, 06:45:45 AM »
The fruit gods aren't quite as demanding of a sacrafice as the construction gods, but I have a drop of blood on most days I log time playing in the dirt.
I think it occurs somewhere in the dee-da-dee-ouch-da-dee.

Fire ants, ya, I'm becoming immune to them especially after last year when I sat in a pile of them with shorts. No joy in pimple butt.


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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2013, 11:50:18 AM »
A few years ago I attempted to climb a coconut tree...

It had about 15 ft of trunk and I was able to make it to the top but then I realized I did not know how to get back down. I ended up sliding down and the tree scraped a bunch of skin from the bottom of my feet.


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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2013, 12:36:10 PM »
Centipede attacks, they lay stealth in mulch. Neighborhood chickens are now welcome in my yard.

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #22 on: October 19, 2013, 11:35:15 AM »
Don't know if this counts as a "fruit" injury, but when I was building my greenhouse, I got my hair caught in the drill as I was, literally, putting in the VERY LAST screw.  My hair is pretty long, and when my ponytail came out of the holder as I was leaning into the drill (self-tapping screw into a steel post...), it got sucked into the drill so fast that the drill flew up and slammed into my face before I could do anything.  It broke my cheekbone, and I woke up my husband and half the neighbors at 6:00 on a Sunday morning as I screamed bloody murder.
The only thing the ER doctor asked me, after laughing his fool head off, was "WHY were you building a greenhouse at 6:00 on a Sunday morning???". 
He just didn't understand...

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #23 on: October 19, 2013, 04:24:22 PM »
Don't know if this counts as a "fruit" injury, but when I was building my greenhouse, I got my hair caught in the drill as I was, literally, putting in the VERY LAST screw.  My hair is pretty long, and when my ponytail came out of the holder as I was leaning into the drill (self-tapping screw into a steel post...), it got sucked into the drill so fast that the drill flew up and slammed into my face before I could do anything.  It broke my cheekbone, and I woke up my husband and half the neighbors at 6:00 on a Sunday morning as I screamed bloody murder.
The only thing the ER doctor asked me, after laughing his fool head off, was "WHY were you building a greenhouse at 6:00 on a Sunday morning???". 
He just didn't understand...

Ouch!! I'm sure the ER Doctor didn't understand, but most Tropical fruit lovers do...:) Sometimes my days are long, so the only time I get to play with my plants is as the sun is going down, or coming up... It really is a nice peaceful time to check on how they're growing.

I hope you recovered well from the fracture. Breaking your cheekbone must have been really painful!!

Welcome to the forum.  :)

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Re: Fruit Injuries
« Reply #24 on: October 19, 2013, 04:49:10 PM »
Got stung by Scorpion the little yellow one ,feels imediatly as if you put your finger on a hot burning stove,
after one hour the tongue is swelling and your face feels full of ants.
Went to the Hospital where they took care of me inmediatly. still no feeling in my Finger.
4 days ago

 

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