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Just to add a little bit more to just how gnarly the winter was up here... Pineapple guava covered in snow and my sabara absolutely coated.

I think the consensus is we should do that again, but even bigger!

It would appear to me that my yard will be peaking fruit wise around late August (weekend of 26th?) so I'm going to try to make that happen if everyone is cool with it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID: very rare Myrciaria or Eugenia
« on: June 04, 2023, 10:46:38 AM »
My guess is beach cambuca, strigipes


We had an awesome afternoon of fruit, friends, pizza, smoked meat, passionfruit cheesecake, wine, and conversation. My sincere thank you to everyone who came all the way up or down and hope we make these sorts of gatherings happen more often.

A stand out of the afternoon was a selection of Kaz’s loquat collection which included the venerable Peluche loquat which really was a treat!


Oven is pre heating for tomorrow.

Warning: I do have bees on the property, but they’re nice. Just to be aware.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropical Bananas are Cold Tolerant?!
« on: June 02, 2023, 03:55:25 PM »
Bananas are stout growers, but the plant itself is cold sensitive. You can definitely grow them (along with many other sub or tropical things) as a from the roots annual - but you're not going to fruit them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy donut day
« on: June 02, 2023, 03:10:22 PM »
Though a donut fan, I'd take a FL mango over one any day.

Mango Stein: your footer is so great, I have many Brazilian friends who know of talisia as pitomba and have no idea what I'm talking about when I say pitomba, speaking of no relevance. Thanks for letting me know it's Curuiri!

I will admit that I also love a good battery tool.

Me too. My electric leaf blower I use for little jobs is adequate for 95% of the jobs, but yeah, I cannot move 1' of wet oak leaves with the e-blow. I use the 5hp Stihl Magnum. Did I need the Magnum? Nah, but it's bad-ass and gets the job done REAL quick. There's value in the right tool for the job.

The absolute most important thing to realize is that while each individual person's emission contributions would ideally be reduced, it really doesn't matter what we do with corporations producing 70% of emissions. If there is more demand for air flights, you can be sure that more Airbuses and Boeings will be in the air to service them and that will KO any one person's veganism, e-car, or so on handily.

Where I draw the line is where someone doesn't want to do something to reduce their consumption if possible - cause at that point you're just wasting your money and increasing contributions for what, a flex? Today's diesel trucks are absolutely mental, even with def, EGR, and DPF emissions systems attached all over them they are 500hp,1000tq and get very reasonable MPG for their size. Trading in your '93 straight pipe coal rolling Cummins that leaks oil from every orifice is definitely worthwhile for the environment if you can afford it, production of vehicle emissions aside.

It is easy enough to lay a NOX and CO2 chart on top of global temperature charts and draw a direct conclusion between them, but ignore that and look at the absolutely irrefutable link between breathing fumes and instances of cancer. I'd much rather not have to breathe exhaust fumes driving around, working in the yard, or cooking food in my house - seems kinda reasonable?

Regardless of what or who "caused" climate change, I've been seeing its effects play out in real time over the decade I've lived where I do in California, and at home in BC, Canada. My place in CA is in a very unusual location right where two climate zones meet (inland valley meeting coastal shore at 2200'). For the first few years (2014-2018) it was pretty nice overall, relatively comfortable temperatures, didn't need the AC much but a brutal drought where our well level plummeted. Then, things started to get kind of wonky and the frequency of these events seems to be accelerating and worsening.

My landlord who moved up there in 1958 (RIP 2019) said that the climate had completely changed from when she moved in. It used to rain once a week, even in summer she recalled - we'd go almost the whole year without rain for some of the years I was there. It used to never crack 100f - it was cracking 100f for a week at a time. The well was always plentifully refilled annually - those brutal drought years didn't recharge it. The plants she had installed before died of heat, or died of deep cold. It never hailed - then it started to be an annual multiple time experience. Then, the heat turned up and we had 117f one year, 118f the next for 3 different days. Even the native oaks and native plants burnt to a crisp. Then the INSANE rains arrived this year and we had 300%+ of annual rainfall, including one 24 hour with 18.3". It was like the sound of chicken frying in a pot of oil pouring out of the gutters. These extremes are exactly what climate change scientists forecasted. It's not that everyday is always hotter (although there is some truth to that), it's that the highs are higher and the lows are lower, and you'll get 100 year storms every 10 years if things change. I admit, it's kind of spooky to think of what it'll be like in 50 or 100 years if this trend continues.

I'm a lifelong petrolhead and drive sports cars, motorcycles, and drive a diesel truck to tow all the gear... But I'd still buy an electric car when it comes time to get a new one. At a recent autocross event, the damn Tesla smoked everyone by 3 seconds on a 1 min course - even the $250k Porsche. :( They're just flat out more efficient, and once charging infrastructure improves and so does charging speeds - heck yeah man, let me take 15-20 minutes to stretch my legs, drink and eat every 300 miles. I do that anyways when I'm haulin'. Solar panels? Sheeesh! Sign me up! I get to blast my AC on all those blitzing hot sunny days for free?! I don't need to breathe exhaust fumes from my massive leaf blower cause the battery tech has enough minutes for my yard full of oak leaves? Again, sign me up.

I dunno man, what if all we got was cleaner air, more efficient vehicles and engines, and it didn't change the future prospect of climate change? Doesn't seem that bad to me. I don't think it's an agenda by big government - I think it's capitalism at work. Building better cooler stuff that makes consumers want to buy it.

The well is full, the plants are kicking ass after 84" of rain, I had some zone pushing losses with the once in 30 year snows and frosts... But it's cool. I'm still growing. Sorry about all your flooding FL folks, bet you'll be begging for rain in a few years when you see the other side of the extremes.



Looking like we will have decent weather for Saturday which is a major relief, it has been cold lately! It says 68f on the coast, but I am at 2200' and generally above the marine layer, so it might be 80f. Remember the sun? I miss it too! Be ready to drive up a mountain pass, I am at the peak. If you start descending and see Cachuma reservoir, you have gone too far! That said, what a sight, it is 100% full which it has never been in the 10 years I've lived in SB.

I have plenty of room on the street, but please make sure you park well below driveway above mine cause that neighbor is a real prick. Park below the blue suburban and nuzzle up to the next car. There is also my Infiniti sedan which you can use as a landmark. If it gets really busy somehow, I will point out where parking is cool.

Kaz has offered to send us a loquat tasting selection which is awesome of him. I'll try to grab some from what I consider the best loquat in town, but I am not sure if they'll be overripe by now. This cool weather is frustrating because it's slowing down ripening of a lot of stuff. My white mulberry is absolutely loaded with fruit but it's not quite as good as it can be. The pakistani has mottled green and purple half ripe due to this as well.

Still think we'll get a good feed. Don't forget to bring dough and toppings! Got tons of sauce though.

anyone ever try grafting pitangatuba and pitomba?  it might be possible since they are closely related enough to hybridize?

I have some cross eugenia graft tests going this year. I tried Pitomba onto CORG because the wood seems similar but doesn't seem it's going to work. I'll try pitomba onto pitangatuba this week. It just doesn't seem like a good cross to me personally cause tomba peels and tuba doesn't.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: May 31, 2023, 09:36:24 AM »
Instead, I doubled up on Dr. Earth Bud and bloom since it contains a bit of nitrogen.

I kind of go wacko with fertilizer for DF as they're pretty much impossible to burn. Last year there was so much slow release in some pots you couldn't see soil anymore. The chicken manure seems to do really positive things overall so I start the season with that and then move onto synthetics. Once it's warm, I'll switch to KoolBloom which is 2-45-28 and I'll use about 1tbsp per gallon and water that in from watering cans. There's not much point in throwing P at them till it's consistently hot, but they seem to grow vegetatively nicely when cooler and have lots of food.

essentially killing about 40% of the vines

Was this due to our cold and rainy winter? Or you just hacked them back for space / weight concerns?

I have a Cosmic Charlie that must be nearing 1000lb on the trellis and I know it's going to break it one day.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: May 30, 2023, 08:56:45 PM »
I dosed all my plants with chicken manure and then a bunch of vigoro slow release and they are blasting off like crazy and have just one lone flower bud. It's ok, I really need to rebuild my canopy after losing around 30% of it to snow this winter. I will hit them hard with strong flowering nutrient after they put on some weight again.

I had some lychee last weekend in Redlands and they were amazing, but all the trees had signs of mites. It's very sad to hear the state will slowly slip out of lychee productivity and all your hard work will get chainsawed up.

As I understand LEM is spread by bees and wind.

Anyone aware of the safe distance between infected and clean trees?

My trees are free of mites but my upwind neighbor has a small infected tree about 500’ away.

Bees will fly up to 4 miles to forage, so I would say minimum 4 miles. It is unlikely for them to forage that far unless in dire straits, but 500' is nothing for a bee.

Nice idea, been wanting to do the same for awhile. At the moment I just have 25 traps around the seedling area and catch mice every few days.


Should have a real nice spread of Florida mangoes to sample.

I PM'd, please let me know if you got my message Eric

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pumice Alternatives SoCal
« on: May 21, 2023, 09:01:49 AM »
DryStall. It's a pumice they use for horse bedding / flooring. I think I was paying $17 for 50lb of it, but that was a few years back. Tack shops or Tractor Supply will have it, but call ahead.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado Fruit mix box
« on: May 19, 2023, 07:39:53 PM »
For me, Sharwil was a stand out and the best avo I've had. It wasn't just a single fruit, they were both that good. I'll definitely need some scion from you next year of that Brad, my Brokaw Hass is actually kicking ass even though it got snowed on pretty bad. Is Sir Prize really that bad? If so, I could top work that tree too. I am super surprised with how well avos are doing at my house.

I'll go with Boston, cause why not.

What’s the going rate in Florida ?

Serendib has them for $7.50/lb

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado Fruit mix box
« on: May 19, 2023, 06:30:30 PM »
Sharwil so far are the winners for me, both just perfectly ripe and great flavor / texture, I think I'm going to grow them as seedlings and see what happens. Green gold was good, but maybe needed a little more time on the tree to oil up? Hass of course a winner, always amazing off home grown tree not commercial at Von's. Nabal is next on the chopping block.

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