First fruits of my pomegranate tree... those seeds look like rubies

@arteteco your own pomegranate tree - how marvellous. They look great.

@GwenfarsGarden It is actually a very easy plant to grow, and I often choose it for guerrilla planting. It needs some care in pruning, if you want it to grow more like a tree and less like a shrub, but that's it

@arteteco @GwenfarsGarden Wait, pomegranates are easy to grow? I suddenly have the compulsion to germinate things. 🌱

@arteteco @GwenfarsGarden
:octothink: What kind of climate will it tolerate? Southern Ireland is ~ USDA 9.. probably no pomegranates here! :P

@cathal @InvaderXan @arteteco that's why I was wondering about hardiness. I'm in a H4/usda 8,9 zone, though in a hard winter it could be H5/usda 7,8 zone.

I'm not sure, minimum temperature here is -3°C... but from reading around seems hardy 'till -10°C. With some digging around you could find some good varieties for your climate, but I don't think it would produce as much as in a milder climate

@cathal @InvaderXan

@arteteco @cathal @InvaderXan yeh, you are probably right. I think it was the idea of growing our own pomegranates! Might stick to something like hazelnuts - not as exciting, but has no problem with cold winters.

Well now, let's get things clear, hazelnut are pretty damn exciting.

@cathal @InvaderXan

@arteteco @cathal @InvaderXan :D Somehow Pomegranates seem more exciting.

But yeh, if I can beat the squirrels to them, hazelnuts ain't half bad

@GwenfarsGarden @arteteco @cathal Conveniently, it's still nut season. There aren't many hazelnuts around me, but there seem to be plenty of chestnuts!

@arteteco @GwenfarsGarden @cathal Seems to me like the general rule for Middle Eastern/Mediterranean plants is that they can survive surprisingly cold frosts but otherwise don't produce much fruit in colder climates.

Pretty easy, yes, especially by cutting or layering. I air layered a tree last year and I had 2 failures on 17 layerings, not bad at all, while almost all cuttings worked.

Never grew them by seed


@arteteco I am getting lots of lemons and cucumbers and kale out of my garden right now, and eggs from my chickens too.

@Shekelcoin uh, late season cucumber... where in the planet are you?

Kale are like a year-long thing here, what variety or species do you grow?

I'll be waiting for a icture of the chickens =D

@arteteco I live on the equator, and have a year round growing season. I'll snap some pics today.

@arteteco the kale is a variety that's grown in the tropics. Not sure of the name

@Shekelcoin Yeah... that's rich stuff man! Is that your own coffee? I'm impressed

@arteteco that was organically grown coffee from nearby. I will be planting my own coffee soon. Also already have onions and garlic going and a bunch of culinary herbs. I am working on getting some corn planted with some more squash and some beans to climb up the stalks. I also have to get some tomatoes and peppers going but I haven't had time to start my seeds. I am just doing a little here and there on weekends with my wife. She also has a lot of flowers and sunflowers too.

@arteteco I want to be growing all my own food by next year. We have also been getting fresh organic milk from the neighbors who have goats and cows, and my wife has been making butter, cream, kumis, cheese, and goat's cheese. We are trying to get completely off the GMOs, pesticides and inhumanely produced dairy/poultry.

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QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

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Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

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We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username] so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

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