I think I have discovered a new cash crop. Agriculture today is always looking for that market to expand beyond producing wheat, corn and soybeans. Hedge apples just may be my niche market.
Others may choose a pumpkin patch. Some may raise watermelons. I'm seeing a cash crop lying along the ditches these days.
It is the height of "go-fer" season here on the County Line. I began my day yesterday with an impromptu trip to the Salina branch of Case to get parts for the drill. I have a trip to Hutchinson's Case establishment on my agenda for later today.
But most of my navigating is up and down the dirt roads, helping the guys move vehicles from one field to another or delivering lunch and supper. My back roads travels have revealed that the drought doesn't seem to have impacted the crop of hedge apples.
Many are still hanging from the branches of the osage orange trees where they grow.
And that's when I discovered that I could have my own get-rich scheme. I was driving by a cash crop and didn't even know it. There are actually people selling these little yellow-green balls that remind me of brains.
4 Hedgeapples $10.00 + $9.00 Shipping
8 Hedgeapples $18.00 + $11.00 Shipping
12 Hedgeapples $24.00 + $14.00 Shipping
24 Hedgeapples $38.00 + $18.00 Shipping
36 Hedgeapples $48.00 + $24.00 Shipping
|Photo from hedgeapples.com|
Also from the website: Each Hedgeapple comes with its own individual container to prevent damage to carpet and wood surfaces. Hedgeapple with container is shown at left. It is recommended to place a hedgeapple in each room or adjacent closet.
Average weight 1 LB. / Hedgeapple
Average repellant life in an air-condition environment is 3 months. Hedgeapples can be sliced in half to expedite their effects, although life is greatly reduced.
Now all that's left is finding those handy dandy containers, and I am set. Or maybe not.
Here's what I learned in a Iowa State University Extension brochure (with a nod to Eric's Dad, Alan, who works for ISU.)
The use of the hedge apples for insect control is one of the most enduring pest management home remedies. Placement of hedge apples around the foundation or inside the basement is claimed to provide relief from cockroaches, spiders, boxelder bugs, crickets and other pests.
The use of hedge apples as a pest solution is communicated as a folk tale complete with testimonials about apparent success. However, there is an absence of scientific research and therefore no valid evidence to confirm the claims of effectiveness. Although insect deterrent compounds have been extracted from hedge apples in laboratory studies, these do not provide a logical explanation about why hedge apples would work as claimed. At this time, there is nothing to recommend the use of hedge apples for pest control.
So what do you think? Do hedge apples repel bugs?