Monday, August 2, 2010

Miraculous Mostly-Mature Mulberry Monday

Lately I've been in LOVE with mulberries. There is a large tree in Cottonwood Community Gardens and whenever I go to water my plot I make sure to grab a bunch of mulberries. There's a random outdoor chair near one of the tool sheds. I drag it over under the tree and grab as many as I can reach.

I've almost fallen a few times. This would be particularly bad because there is a patch of raspberries under the branches that I harvest most of the berries from. I should probably stop trying to grab things out of reach but I won't learn that until I end up falling. It's not that I'm overly confident in my abilities, just very very foolish.

You know the berries are ready when pretty much fall of the branch just by touching them. That being said even when they're not completely ripe they're still quite good. The tree in the garden has been fruiting for about a month and may have another month to go! I grabbed a few dozen today and gave them a good wash. Make sure not to soak the berries long because they'll loose their taste relatively quickly.

WARNING: The follow is not plant related and mostly incoherent. Do not read unless you have time to waste.

This post may seem a little disjointed. That's because I was only going to post the picture with the title. Then I figured the title is so great that it would get people's hopes up. If they clicked on it just to see a picture it may be a little disappointing. I also just made brownies from a mix and added Reese Cups and butterscotch chips. I'm EXTREMELY excited!

I'm really not sure how to end this post. My landlords are back with their three screaming children and I'm a little annoyed. I don't mean to alienate anyone with kids, but there is at least one child screaming/crying every minute of the day. It starts to grate on you. I think it's about time to find a new place. Unfortunately with only one of us employed that isn't in the cards.

I have all my plants outside and I'm afraid they'll end up being abused. Last time they were hit with a basketball. It took my Adenium a month to start growing again. That is something you just don't forget. I'm afraid to go outside and move stuff and risk an awkward social interaction. I think I'll sneak out in a few hours under the cover of darkness and move stuff then.

Hopefully they don't think I'm trying to break-in and end up coming outside. Then *BAM* awkward social encounter. Speaking of awkward, I just saw an ad for a 24 hour reality show channel. That kind of makes me sick. Of course I'll have to give it a chance so I don't make a hasty, uneducated decision.

Now I'm just warm and slightly annoyed. I think I may have gotten a little off topic. I think I'll add some text after the stuff that's plant related to warn my readers of what is to follow. This long, odd little ramble that has a tone of slight annoyance.

Of course it isn't as long as the book "The Reality Dysfunction". I'm a total sci-fi fan. This book has over 900 pages in relatively small print (smaller than standard at least). I'm around page 460. I think I'm going to have to renew the loan.

I'm going to end this post now. I just want my brownies. I'll call them special brownies. You can take from that what you will but they only have the added Reese Cups and butterscotch chips. They have to cook longer and generally don't turn out entirely solid but if you put them in the fridge they're just AMAZING!


  1. Mmmmm....mulberries.:) I just planted one this year and it has beautiful leaves.....and boy has it grown:) Enjoy:)

  2. LOLOL! I had 4 kids, and I have grandkids, and I can totally get what you are saying about screaming kids! I tire of it myself, and generally don't have any patience with other peoples children anyway. I want to run when I hear it. I think I would be a nut case if I had to live around it all the time! I sure hope the moving thing comes about ASAP or you guys!

    The brownies sound O-H S-O G-O-O-D!!!! It is 4:30am here and I am hungry!!! Now I might have to sneak a peice of cake and some ice cream from the fridge.....(left over from hubbys birthday)! :)

  3. I like mulberries... but at the same time, they're a major weed tree here. Birds drop the seeds everywhere and they're absolute hell to get rid of.

    I can sooooo relate to the kids thing... If I wanted to deal with screaming children, I'd have one of my own.

  4. I haven't had black mulberries in sooo long! How long has it been since I visited my old university to meet with a friend there? We ended up standing under a mulberry tree in the uni gardens, eating, eating, eating, and I told my friend a mulberry-related story from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'... and then we looked at each other and realized our faces and hands were all purple! We spent quite a lot of time in one of the uni bathrooms that day!
    There was a white mulberry tree at vocational school, but I think the black ones were better.

    Now I'm hungry, too.

  5. I love the thought process on this post. I recently made some toffee cookie bars with some added peanut butter chips and it was the best ever! Great, now I'm hungry too.

  6. @rohrerbot, That's another bonus, the fun looking leaves. I really hope my cuttings take root!

    @Julie, LOL. I wish I could be sorry for making you hungry but food is just too good! I'm glad I'm not alone in being annoyed with other people's children.

    @Claude, I'm glad you can relate. This tree seems to be a seedless variety (at least for the most part). I haven't seen a single sprout beneath it.

    @Ivynettle, I didn't realize a white mulberry existing. I need to google! They are really messy. That's the only issue I have.

    @Rainforest Gardener, Sounds delicious! I love tweaking things until they have so much sugar that you're likely to collapse into a diabetic coma. Probably not good for me, but I enjoy myself.

    Homemade pizza tonight (including the dough). Plus left-over brownies!

  7. You may be a fool for dangling above the rasberry canes, but your a fool WITH mulberries!

    Your right. With three kids one is always screaming. Honestly, I more scared when it's quiet. Then you know something is up! I wouldn't want to live under my kids. Boy howdy do they run & jump and throw hissy fits! Luckily Grandma is the one downstairs, and she still thinks their angels! Delusional fool!

    Too bad those kids aren't treating your plants right. Thats not cool.

  8. I love my plants and cats more than our part-time foster kids who beat both of them up. There. I said it.

  9. I'm coming over for some special brownies. They sound sooooo gooood! When I was a kid we lived in Rhode Island. We would go out and pick wild dew berries. We crushed them up and put them in a glass of milk with a little sugar. It was very good. You got the sweetness from the sugar with a little tartness from the berries. Good luck in collecting. When you break you arm or leg, can I sigh your cast?

  10. When I was a kid we used to use mulberries as weapons. We'd put them in slingshots and shoot them at each other to stain each other's clothes and skin. Ahhh, fun times.


    P.S. I don't have kids and I'm not offended because I can relate. It can be a bit of an adjustment to go from gardening without kids to gardening with kids.

  11. @Laura, I know they're not doing it intentionally but it's frustrating nonetheless.

    @Ficurinia, Oh no you didn't!

    @Randy, Never heard of dew berries. I'll google. Yes you can sign my cast. You'll have to buy the plane ticket though. ;)

    @MrBrownThumb, You rebel you. I wouldn't have been good at that game. I'd eat all the arsenal. Oh children...

  12. Bummer about the kids. I find no matter were I have lived there is always something or someone to avoid. Next move is to the country!


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