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    I certainly hope they don't taste like kiwis (birds, humans from NZ) The US was the only place we had encountered kiwifruit so commonly abbreviated to kiwi. If you did that in NZ, everyone would give you a lot of sideways looks Regional language differences that are so minor are funny, like in the US when we would mistakenly go back to our NZ language and order food to take away not take out. People used to just stare at us like we were speaking another language or maybe thought we were going to just run off with the food and not pay for it.

    Maybe its the time of year, and the vines are available at other times? I often find buying edibles to grow that they are only available to purchase in certain seasons.

    What edibles do people grow in their gardens? I have apples (7 dwarf trees), pear (1 dwarf tree), grapes (2 varieties), feijoa (2 varieties), strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, logan berries, blackcurrants (3), red currant (1), apricot (1 dwarf tree, never fruited, need to plant a pollinator but have not got round to it), peach (1 dwarf tree), nectarine (1 dwarf tree), lemons (2 trees), limes (2 trees), mandarin (1 tree), blueberries (10 bushes), fig (1 tree), cranberries (American ones, have not fruited yet as still young). Hmmm that may be it, but maybe a few more that I am forgetting.

    I would like to add another pear, a greengage plum (which will need a pollinator), another apricot to help with pollination of my non-fruiting one, and maybe a white currant. Oooh and a tea bush. If I get enough money to add a greenhouse, I would like to add in an avocado (kept small in a container/wine barrel) and a tamarillo.

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    Oooh youve got quite the mini-orchard!

    Avocados, by the way, need particular company to make fruit...
    Do You Need Two Avocado Trees to Reproduce? | Home Guides | SF Gate

    Because San Diego has no chill hours, we are pretty much limited to citrus and avocado. I guess we can have some nuts too.

    Some of the people on shs have amazing gardens, and are who inspired me to try it out.
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    Roll Call, 3.14 - Pi day edition!
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    He is planting up a storm this year. In this one he is thinning his carrots so they are 3 in apart. (I didn't know that was a thing, but I'm not the one with the green thumb here.) He and Dad built the beds with garbage bags, bricks, and leftover flooring. Along with the carrots he's planted okra, corn, watermelon, sunflowers, garden beans, one of the pots has herbs, a strawberry plant, and his latest is that today he picked up a sprouting seed from a spineless century plant for the front yard. It's going to be wild when everything starts to grow.

    He was getting attached to them a little. Worried about crickets that recently hatched (hatched? idk) in our yard. I was just like honey, don't get upset. If the crickets don't eat them, I will. He thought that was pretty funny. Hopefully we'll have some side dishes some day! He says harvest time will be this summer.
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    Coolbeans TFZ!
    I hope he doesnt have anxiety when its time to murder the plants after theyve been harvested! Im still working through that part of it, myself :O

    (I found my kiwi-berry vines at a nursery Ive always scorned for the name - “El Plantio”.)
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