Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fig and a poke

Fig on the left, Poke on the right

Getting deep
The yard hasn't been mowed for almost 3 weeks. It's getting pretty high. Will probably need a bushhog before long!

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  1. Poke? Wiki is showing it as a fish salad, I've never heard of a plant called poke. Dat's why I bought a riding mower. :-)

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    1. I have no idea what the scientific name is but folks around here call it poke, poke weed, or poke salat. It bears poisonous berries that bluebirds like, so instead of cutting it down, I left it for the birds. DH and I know better than to eat the berries.

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  2. I spent time living with my grandparents in Arkansas. It was common for people to pick pokeweed and make poke salad. I never cared for it but others seemed to like like it.

    Figs plants grow into trees right?? I am not familiar with the plant or it's growing habits.

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    1. I know a lot of people who will eat the tender young leaves, but I can't make myself even taste it.

      Figs are supposed to be trees, I guess. Not mine for some reason. What you see is suckers coming from the roots, the plants got frozen last year, the year before and the year before that. Imagine my surprise when my little tree turned into a bush.

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  3. lots of rain here makes mowing difficult, too. hay field was pretty much a waste but got baled between storms (in a haphazard rush).

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    1. I hope your hay was dry. Rain does mess with mowing schedules.

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  4. I swear my brain is going sometimes, I read "Pig and a Poke", and couldn't figure out why there was no animal in the picture... The fig will grow into a tree eventually, if you let it do its thing, I had a plant that was mowed down (TWICE) by someone who shall remain nameless (coughcoughHUSBANDcough), but it is now taller than I am, so they do all right, it just takes time. And I had heard of poke weed, but hadn't seen it before. Didn't know it had berries, though.

    Cat

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    1. A couple of years a couple of years ago the fig (where the poke is) was quite a bit higher than I am. That was good, I thought, considering it had a brand new start in the spring. Had a lot of figs on it, but they fell off before they got anywhere near ripe. I guess I live a bit north of the 'won't freeze out' zone. :(

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    2. There used to be a radio station DJ who talked about Poke Salad all time. I don't know what it looks or tastes like. Lots of people around here make Fig Preserves but I don't like it.

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    3. I believe Poke Salat is a "Southern Thang" and this Yankee doesn't want to try it. I like fig newtons and dried figs and the fresh ones aren't too bad either - different.

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  5. I had client who lived in Kentucky and she talk about Poke Salad. I've never seen a fig plant. I like figs.
    Coffee is on

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  6. I had client who lived in Kentucky and she talk about Poke Salad. I've never seen a fig plant. I like figs.
    Coffee is on

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    1. I had never seen one up close and personal until I got my two.

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  7. If not a bush-hog, maybe a few goats or cows? :-)

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  8. My Mamma mixed poke with turnip greens, or spinach. I love turnip greens. It reminds me of childhood.

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