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I spent most of yesterday cracking pecans. I have a nut picker that I use to gather pecans at work - there are 9 large native pecan trees on the grounds and we're allowed to collect the nuts. Friday, during my lunch break (yay, first one in 2 weeks!), I picked up 10 pounds of pecans with this handy dandy nut picker.
Between it and that nifty nutcracker, I haven't had to buy pecans in years.
Sadly they took out the native persimmon tree. Now I have to buy persimmons, and the stores only carry Asian persimmons. I don't know anyone who grows the native ones, and I'm not planting a persimmon tree here since I plan to sell and move sometime in the next 5 years or so.
I am landscaping to sell, which means most of my perennial plantings are being dug up and going over to my daughter's and various friends' houses to wait for me to get them back when I get a new place. I've also started taking down my vegetable plots and making it all back into lawn. I'm still growing veggies, but in containers and areas where I can quickly convert it to all to pretty, sellable landscaping. Except those horsetails. I don't think I'll ever get rid of the horsetails. I hope whoever buys this house after me likes them because they are a permanent part of the property now, more invasive than mint.