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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    The family try to reduce the numbers by raiding the nests to get the eggs to eat but I think that just makes the ants angrier.

    As for thornless lemon trees I will try and remember that if I get some. It seems to me that everything in this place either sticks you with a thorn or bites you. I believe it might be in response to the fact that the Thais try and eat them all
    There seem to be some highly developed thought processes going on in your garden.

    Pests in these parts are certainly dedicated bastards. Snails are another big problem where we are.

    We had a lime tree that was very productive for a couple of years, but it gave up a couple of years ago.

    Thanks for the compliments about the roses...they are all grown and photographed by my wife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    I have some kaffir lime trees in the yard somewhere and also trying to get a plain lime tree to grow as I don't think my missus uses lemon much but that might be because we don't have them at hand.
    We have 2 types of the Kaffir lime trees. We have the one variety that does not have thorns. We have another that has thorns that are damn near 2" long and are stiff and could be used as a weapon. They both bear fruit that is never is used (Albeit I cut them and toss in the bathroom for a nice smell). My wife does however use 3 or 4 leaves from time to time in various dishes.

    We have 5 regular old lime trees. My FIL grafted them from the large one we have but they produce very few limes and small. I recently bought 2 lemon trees and 1 has a lemon already.

    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    The other thing I hate here is the bloody red ants and they seem to invade every tree no matter what it is. I went to pick a couple of limes the other day and got attacked. One bite is no problem but lots of bites bloody hurt.
    AHHHHHH Yes...Mot Dang (Red Ants). Brutal bastards. Relentless. I just trimmed my Lumyai trees way back and they assaulted all of us. Bite is annoying and feels like your getting a shot. Thank god no venom. Our trees had 3 BIG nests. My FIL cut each one off into a bag and took the eggs and gave them to his neighbor lady friend. From my wife she has never eaten bugs and my FIL says the same. I have zero need to try and won't.

    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    The family try to reduce the numbers by raiding the nests to get the eggs to eat but I think that just makes the ants angrier.
    Actually that does work and if you do it enough they will look elsewhere to nest up but they still will raid your yard. They are an important part of the eco system for pollinating trees here along with the bees. The good thing is they do not enter houses. They really do not want to be bothered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Medicinal


    Speaking of Medicinal, Some time ago my FIL was given this herb by some Thai holistic healer massage guru.... Anyway I do not think it has done anything for him but now he has these herbs growing all around our property. No idea what it is but they grow like crazy and he has been giving them to his granddaughter who dries them out and grinds them up and sells it. It appears to be well known as a healing herb. For me, it grows nice along walls and has big full leaves but he has it everywhere now.



    My first lemon and a few new flowers so maybe a few more.



    Kaffir lime tree no thorns...



    Kaffir Lime tree with deadly thorns.



    Speaking of thorns, I forgot the name of this plant but I absolutely cannot stand it. The smell makes me gag. Wife uses it in a a fish dish for her Dad. I said OK Great....you use 2 branches can't we have just one bush? Besides the thorns that are razor sharp the red ants love it. They grow fast and I laugh every time my FIL trims them back as he gets bloodied and I keep saying. "1 Bush.....1 Bush" let me dig them up"...

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    The quote below was from me not Maanaam.

    Originally Posted by Maanaam
    I have some kaffir lime trees in the yard somewhere and also trying to get a plain lime tree to grow as I don't think my missus uses lemon much but that might be because we don't have them at hand.

    As for that prickly bush (the last picture in your last post) we have several of them here. In post#6 I had a picture of one of them (see below) and if you have a look it is much more "eaten" down than yours. My Missus goes and picks off the young leaves as soon as there are a few grown back.


    I also see that you have some dragon fruit cactus growing (in the picture of the lemon) have you had any fruit from them yet? That is one thing I do like eating.
    I also found out today that we have some custard apple trees growing at the back of the old house. My sister in law was getting some of them down for my MIL and I seen her so I asked what she was doing and that's when I found out we had them. Learn something new everyday if you want to

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    I also see that you have some dragon fruit cactus growing (in the picture of the lemon) have you had any fruit from them yet? That is one thing I do like eating.
    Oh Yes we have both the white inside and red inside Dragonfruit. The red inside is very good and much sweeter than the white. I would say we got maybe 20 to 30 or so off each one and have more coming. My FIL loves them and picks and eats them like I would pick an apple and eat it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Learn something new everyday if you want to
    Amen to that. Many people do not seem to pay any attention to their surroundings. I am constantly looking around especially on my bike rides etc. In fact not to long ago I saw a lady with a huge Yucca type cactus plant in her yard. One day while riding by she was cutting it back so I asked her if I may take some and she filled up a bunch in bag for me. I came home, stuck them in the ground and now have them around the property and feed them to my tortoises which they love.

    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    As for that prickly bush (the last picture in your last post) we have several of them here. In post#6 I had a picture of one of them (see below) and if you have a look it is much more "eaten" down than yours. My Missus goes and picks off the young leaves as soon as there are a few grown back.
    My wife only picks when needed. She knows the sour bitter smell does not go well with me and putting it in the fridge is not going to happen. The smell takes over everything like Durian does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post








    Speaking of thorns, I forgot the name of this plant but I absolutely cannot stand it. The smell makes me gag. Wife uses it in a a fish dish for her Dad.
    Might be the only herb/additive/food that I'm offended by in Thai cuisines - with heat, it produces this ungodly smell and taste. Usually used with fish and eggs.
    The larger leaves are almost uneatable and loose their potency, hence the young leafy stems are picked frequently to allow new younger growth to flourish, which of course are more cherished.

    Stuff grows madly wild everywhere - very hardy and known to be drought resistant.

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    Well Today was the start of my Hedge trimming. I do it in sections and stop for the day.





    When we cleared our lot before our house build started then built our wall to cover the extended property I planted some 250 of these hedges around the walls. They were a mere 3 feet tall when I planted. The idea was to offer privacy while keeping the green look I like as I hate looking at a cement wall that ends up black. I had been keeping these up by myself. however nowadays they are about 12 feet tall and take about 3 hours a day for about 5 days or so to get them all edged up and clean. Last time my wife hired a guy to come in and do them all. He did hack job.

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