So, before I launch into a little story on how one of my readers helped me with a problem, I want to ask you all a favor:
What would you like me to write about in the coming weeks? I like to write about what appeals to me each day. But, what do YOU want to see? Gardening? More pictures? How-To's? Recipes? (I don't cook, but my spouse loves to cook.) More photos of upstate New York?
I will take your suggestions and see what I can do with them.
And now, a shout out to reader Howard Giles. On Tuesday, I blogged about three paw paw plants we had germinated this spring. My spouse and I had saved seeds from a paw paw purchased last fall from a locavore store, stratified them, and planted them this spring in pots.
The paw paw grows wild in portions in the United States and I remembered them from living years ago in rural Arkansas. Their fruit tastes like a cross between a mango and a banana, and, indeed, they are a temperate zone cousin of various tropical fruits.
It was a nice project, but now frost was coming, and I needed to know how to keep the seedlings alive. I don't have the room to grow them on my property.
Howard Giles to the rescue - he commented and suggested I contact an extension service if we had one.
Cornell Extension is a wonderful resource - one I don't use enough. (And, dear readers, if you have an extension service in your area - I'm confident yours is just as wonderful.) I kicked myself.
Then, I did what he suggested - I contacted our local Cornell extension service. And within a few hours, I had my answer from one Linda Swoboda. I want to pass her advice along:
She even sent me a couple of links, which I read. Thank you, Linda!
I'm disappointed that these three plants, if they survive, won't be able to cross pollinate. So, no paw paws are in our future. But we are going to do what she suggests.
And then, next spring, I need to find a forever home for these trees, because, according to my reading, they need to be planted in their forever home next spring.
So that is the story of my paw paws. Next spring, I'll see if they made it.
And again, thank you to my readers for making this possible. And now, I look forward to your suggestions.