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My Dad was an obsessive gardener and raised a few apples (about 1200 bu per year), but that was in Northwest Iowa in the 40's and 50's. I have been in Texas for about 50 years, and now live in a Pine and Oak forest. The soil is fine sand with red clay and gypsum in it. Even treatments with caustic potash solution aren't enough to raise the pH even to where tomatoes can grow, and the root knot nematodes attack almost everything.
That is why most of the produce from the garden comes from the edible weeds that live and thrive here. It is a constant struggle to find ways to make them edible. Some are quite delicious, if prepared right like dock, poke salad, black nightshade, wild lettuce, mustang grapes and Poncirus oranges.
My youngest daughter loves to pick berries, so I had to teach her how black nightshade berries will make you sick if they are not completely black. She was three, and proceeded to pick and eat almost a pint of the ripe berries.
She is almost 11 and is yet to get sick yet from her browsing.
I live in: United States
My zone is: z9 Smthvlle TX
My favorite forum 1 is Edible Landscape.
My favorite forum 2 is Herbalism.
First registered on November 02,2004.