Take a moment and peer into this five-gallon bucket. Full of hedge apples, it is the receptacle of the all natural pest repellent that the check out lady told my husband we needed for this old farmhouse.
You see, as the colder months approach we always seem to get a mouse in the house. My theory on this is.....there is never just one mouse. When hedge apples were suggested to my husband, he thought it a great idea! Yes! His twin brother's farm has an Osage Orange Tree with the apples on the ground. Our son was dispatched to bring some home after school. Some of you may know them as horse apples, monkey brains, or bodark.
It is said that they repel insects, spiders, and mice. You can eat the seeds, located in the center of the fruit. I decided to place some around this old farmhouse in strategic areas and some just for decoration. I have used these before and confess that I picked them up behind our church while I was attending a family reunion.
Obviously I was more interested in the hedge apples.
The bark of the Osage Orange Tree was prized by Native Americans for bow making. The tree was also used by FDR in his Great Plains Shelter Belt WPA Project in 1934.
Merriweather Lewis even sent slips and cuttings of the tree to then President Thomas Jefferson.
What do you know....a little history right here on the front porch.