Tuesday, June 16, 2015

You MURDERERS!

Last fall I posted this picture of a beautiful Japanese persimmon tree:


I made a few remarks on what a lovely tree it was and how good it was to see people growing fruit...

...and then, recently, on the drive up to church, I noticed...



It's gone.

Somebody cut it down.

What kind of a monster cuts down a productive fruit tree?

Did they not realize that those fruits were worth at least $2 EACH at the farmer's market?

Here's my bet: I'll bet someone ate the fruit when they weren't fully ripe, then chopped the tree down because they didn't like the astringency.

"Sheeeooot, that thing tastes NASSSY! Ima go get the chain saw!"

I am appalled.

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23 Comments:

At June 16, 2015 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Cristy said...

Around here, people cut down productive fruit trees BECAUSE of the fruit. They find it "messy." Shaking my head.

 
At June 16, 2015 at 8:46 AM , Blogger Derek the Grower said...

Yep that's about right! My neighbor cut down this wonderful lemon tree that wasn't the prettiest but put out a fair quantity of super juicy lemons. Because it was kinda old and the lady doesn't take care of it anymore she decided it better just go and chopped it down. She's now wanting to remove her banana patch and muscadine grapes too! Twenty plus year old plants that are still plenty good are gonna go with the lemons here soon too! Shame on you, you kinda old lady you...

Other people around here follow a similar offense. Having large beautiful citrus trees and never touch a single fruit but then buy a bag of POS oranges at the store they don't even eat. I'm shaking my head too...

 
At June 16, 2015 at 9:12 AM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

I suppose we can console ourselves knowing that in the Econopocalypse, they'll be first to die...

"I wish (cough, cough) I hadn't... (cough)... cut down that heirloom pear (collapse)..."

 
At June 16, 2015 at 9:12 AM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

That mess... is FOOD! It's insane.

 
At June 16, 2015 at 11:09 AM , Blogger jmyron said...

Matthew 21:19 man! Its biblical!

 
At June 16, 2015 at 11:38 AM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

That was a non-fruiting tree... and that was God.

In the Old Testament we read: "“When you besiege a city for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them. You may eat from them, but you shall not cut them down. Are the trees in the field human, that they should be besieged by you?" -Deuteronomy 20:19

 
At June 16, 2015 at 11:50 AM , Blogger Derek the Grower said...

Ya I guess the less competition the better! I have heard of some ominously close dates for a crash. Really want not for it to happen especially so quick but who really knows other than the Creator. Unfortunately it seems to me to be inevitable and too almost what's supposed to happen. That's why I grow plants...practice makes perfect!

 
At June 16, 2015 at 12:24 PM , Blogger Viktor L. Lloyd said...

whoa. that original post is how I found your site. My inaugural planting of my newly purchased money pit was a japanese persimmon and a pig's arse tree I mean Medlar.. I was trying to figure out how it would fare… (also no one warned me how smelly the leaves are) truly upsetting.

 
At June 16, 2015 at 12:33 PM , Blogger Viktor L. Lloyd said...

"money pit" is not true.. I am in love with having this property and eating off of it I shouldn't have said that.. I believe in an impending collapse (actually that's not true I think it's happening in what looks like slow motion) but I'm also an atheist with a stronger moral code than most and a fear of half of the people you link here.. and an inability to bond on any Creator convos. I DO want to buy plants from you tho.. and have good plant geek sessions

 
At June 16, 2015 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Derek the Grower said...

Its cool to be an atheist don't be shamed by us divine believers! Personally the science of physics itself explains to me there is in fact a Creator. Others see the exact opposite and that's OK. We are all in our own places in life. All I can say is change the way one looks at things and what one looks at soon changes. At least you grow plants! That's what really counts!

 
At June 16, 2015 at 6:26 PM , OpenID turkeysong said...

Just last week I noticed that two full grown productive pistachios had been cut down in a yard in town. I had been eyeing them wondering if the owners would let me pick the nuts. Very uncommon for people to plant those here and most would think that you couldn't grow them at all. They appeared to be covered with nuts last year. They're only like a million dollars a pound or so.

I started making whole dried persimmons a couple of years ago. They are fantastic! I can only eat so many fresh, but boy could I put a lot of them away dried! I'm planning to plant more, but they grow very slow, at least around here. The different varieties make very different dried products. I like those big flat ones a lot, or at least the big flat one that I pick which grows in town here. Hopefully they won't cut that one down.

 
At June 16, 2015 at 6:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks around the corner cut down half a dozen Japanese persimmions... An a mile the other direction cut down 4 of 6 beautiful pear trees in the past couple years... Stupid humans

 
At June 16, 2015 at 6:49 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

Yes. It's coming.

 
At June 16, 2015 at 6:52 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

Don't be fearful, Viktor - if anyone should be afraid, it's Christians. We're the ones that get killed in mass purges by Atheist regimes (Mao, Stalin, etc.). That said, you are totally welcome here - plant geeks can all fellowship happily together on the green level. I'm glad you're sticking around. And - I know what you mean with "money pits." My house costs me money but I can eat out of the yard. It's a love/hate thing sometimes.

 
At June 16, 2015 at 6:53 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

That is murderous. What a stupid waste.

 
At June 16, 2015 at 6:54 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

I haven't tried drying them yet - it's on my list of things to do once I get enough fruit. As for pistachios, I really, really, really want to try growing those here but I can't find any source for trees. They're not supposed to fruit well in Florida but I want to do it anyhow and see for myself. If you ever come across any raw nuts that might germinate, let me know.

 
At June 16, 2015 at 7:21 PM , Blogger Karl Becker said...

That is truly a shame! I don't care for persimmons, but like you point out - that's a money making tree!

 
At June 16, 2015 at 10:53 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

Yep.

 
At June 17, 2015 at 5:13 PM , Blogger Cristy said...

I agree with you.

 
At June 17, 2015 at 5:15 PM , Blogger Cristy said...

And I am pretty sure the reason the Lord cut down the tree in Mt. 21: 19 was BECAUSE it was a barren tree. It was supposed to be fruitful, but it wasn't.

 
At June 17, 2015 at 11:20 PM , Blogger Viktor L. Lloyd said...

okay thanks guys. Seriously? You're talking about surviving the collapse and shoring up your walls to people like me? ( your links ) But I'm supposed to buy your book(s) and plants? I'm just going to geek out with people who don't scare me.

 
At June 18, 2015 at 12:45 AM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

Methinks thou art too afraid. BOO!

 
At June 19, 2015 at 5:37 PM , OpenID turkeysong said...

Will do. I thought I spotted another near there. They do grow here, there is even a small commercial operation I in the hills somewhere, but few people know you can grow them. I'd like to try here too, though "they" say it's not hot enough. You will probably have issues with humidity down there when drying whole persimmons. I had problems with that last year. Air circulation is super important. The areas where they are made traditionally typically have warm, dry winters with a breeze. I'll probably set up a large drying room or closet with optional wood heat and a fan. Dehydrated slices are okay, but the whole ones seem better.

 

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