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Article: The Mulberry Tree: Is it a Friend or a Foe? Is it Wonderful Fruit or Free Bird Food?: My Mulberry and Me

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Toots136
Glendale, AZ

May 27, 2010
8:27 PM

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I live in Arizona and when I moved into my home 16 years ago, my garden area faced west and it's hottest here during the late afternoon hours. I needed shade trees and my neighbor gave me a handful of Mulberry tree seedlings. I planted all of them together, 5, not thinking. Within 5 years they had grown together giving me perfect shade for the area. I planted wormwood and mugwort around the trees and watered faithfully. Then the fruit began to appear, white berries. Didn't think much of it, thought they were kind of pretty. As they ripened, they fell. As the sun beat down on them, they began to ferment. I had created my own winery. The smell, the flies, the bees, the hornets, not to mention the birds, who didn't eat nearly enough of them. So, every morning for about 2 weeks you would find me out there shaking the tree, sweeping the fruit up and putting them in my compost pile. Every morning. I hated those trees!! But I loved the shade. I endured for another 10 years. Then I moved around the corner to a larger place, more garden area. Never gave the Mulberry trees another thought. Potted up the plants I planned to take with me and left. Since I now live around the corner and the place has not sold, I occasionally go over to reclaim some Acanthus sprouts that keep on coming up. I noticed that April had passed and there had been no fruit from the Mulberry. I realized that that was because Management had not watered. A lot of the plants that I had brought with me are still in pots and just a few days ago, I noticed something strange in one of them. A Mulberry baby!! I need shade here too and it will stay. Love, hate, we will tolerate each other as we have done in the past. Anyway, I think of the cleanup as my morning exercise.




Aunt_A


May 29, 2010
11:51 AM

Post #7839964

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