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In the garden: Victory through squash power

More on those squash:

Not bad yield. As I said yesterday:

On another note, counted the squash. Twenty, at least. Not bad for a small patch, a late start, bad seafood mulch, and three tries. And they're still on the vine, 'til the frost sweetens them up.

Even better, squash were the occasion of Dromaius teaching me the word "thigmotropism." Here's the photograph that accompanied that post:

Quite a contrast, the bright hay and happy greenery of early August with the bedragglement and decay of late October (but and so the squash! The squash! All the energy of the patch went into them).

However, that whole conversation with Dromaius started me down a path where I realized that my goal for my garden was not yield, really, though I grow too much and do enjoy sharing. No, my goals were two-fold: (1) Sitting and working in an outside setting that was dense with vegetable and animal life; and (2) treating my garden -- as the three (!) photographers who stopped to take pictures did -- as a subject for making art, especially art that had the whole systems in which plants and animals co-evolve as a subject. (Hence my quest for better and if possible deep focus lenses, to show more parts of the system more clearly.) Because my garden has fortuitously become a grandmother's garde, organized by masses of color, it serves very well as a "model."

In permaculture terms, I'm stacking three functions: (1) Food source; (2) working environment; and (3) subject for art. And that's before we get to (3) public diplomacy with the town, (4) social networking, and (5) protecting the property from incursion.

Anyhow, here's another garden designed as a subject for artistic representation:

A la:

Not that I'm in Monet's class, in any way but functionally! However, I also have different representational goals; that view of co-evolving whole systems I keep mentioning.

Anyhow, all-in-all this season has been a tremendous success for me, for which I want to thank readers, even if buttoning the garden up is going to be a time sink for the next few days.

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