I checked mine at lunch today and I've got the first tiny baby cones showing up on one of my Cascades. A little too early again, the first harvest always tastes like lawn clippings.
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Just out of curiosity, what happens if you don't trim the roots back? I just tried doing mine last week and I pulled out a good twelve footer. Got me wondering if I was hurting production by doing that. The big concern I had was the varieties intermingling, but I couldn't decide if intermingled feeder roots had any impact on that.If you don't trim the roots back they will take over your yard. You're not cutting near the main crown so it doesn't hurt the plants at all. The roots can grow 2 or 3 feet per year in every direction, then you start having sprouts coming up all along those roots. I guess that's fine if you have all the room in the world, but it would also make it very hard to trellis the bines if they cover an area 5 or 6 feet in diameter per plant.
Like others, I'm not big on whale hunting, but I'd try it if it was offered to me. I've eaten some pretty interesting stuff over the years - even some rattlesnake.Rattlesnake is probably the toughest meat I've ever eaten. Horse is probably the tastiest, tenderest meat I've ever had. I wouldn't give whale a second thought but like some others have said it's not something I'm going to search for.
I thought the fried chicken was the deadliest animal, maybe that's just in the US.
In fact it is the deadliest animal in the world.
Kills more people than all of the other animals put together.