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Playing catch-up with the garden

Just in case it's hot where you are, I thought I'd print a picture of the garden last winter:


Mmmmm. Snow!

And here's a view in the fall:


I say "catch up" because I started a gardening blog in RL, hoping to do at least one complete seasonal cycle of daily posts, but discovered, for reasons to become clear, I hope, shortly, that I couldn't maintain the post after 180 or so. (Also, WordPress made a technical change that destroyed my traffic.) So, through the month of July, I'll do some catch up and then, assuming woodchucks or deer don't destroy everything, I'll start showing this year's full glory in August.

A note on the form: The photos are taken with an iPad (I know, I know...), an infrastructural improvement I treated myself at the end of last year. I then annotate the pictures with arrows and text using a free "app" called Skitch. The whole project was really about teaching myself to see, or notice, better by focusing on the world through the iPad screen. And this did work, more from the discipline of finding something to photograph every day.

So, herewith. I think the annotations are self-explanatory, but ask me anything....

NOTE For those who remember last year's posts, the milk jugs are out. And thereby hangs a tale, which I'll get to....

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Submitted by hipparchia on

yes, it's hot where i am, but since "white stuff on the ground" = "sand" for me, that top photo does not make me think of "cold" when i look at it. in fact, our sand here gets too hot to walk on in the summer.

fortunately it's not as hot here as it is in huge swathes of the country. unfortunately, we're getting repeated torrential rainstorms, complete with microbursts. i went out and stood up all my corn yet AGAIN just a few days ago. this was apparently just the first act in what is possibly to become a summer-long production.

fortunately, life had interfered with my original plans to put up stakes. i have since decided to let all the squash run wild all over the garden, rather than take the chance on having the plants ripped off of whatever structures i could put up.

Submitted by lambert on

... using the materials that come to hand. So, I had the firewood.

As far as staking the squash, I think you're wise to let the plants be what they want to be. It seems unlikely that squash have not encountered high winds before, indeed, their tendrils are pretty effective at anchoring them to anything in "sight."

Submitted by hipparchia on

using the materials that come to hand

that makes sense. i hate the cold, and couldn't see past why would anybody waste heat-producing materials that way???

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Submitted by jest on

Does the woodchuck fence help any?

In my area, rabbits are a big nuisance, and people can't figure out how to keep them out. They always get through the fences.

Submitted by lambert on

.... on a relatively busy street, so don't have problems with rabbits, and only the occasional deer. So I'm lucky.

When I built the fence, I didn't know that woodchucks can actually climb; the fence is sunk in the earth with gravel beneath it to prevent them from digging, but I thought the two-foot height would be high enough to make it impossible for them to drag their fat, ungainly bodies over it... But I suppose either my fears of woodchucks are greatly exaggerated, or the fence serves as a visual barrier, or they enjoy feasting on the clover next to the fence that they never go any further, being not energetic....

Submitted by lambert on

The yellow arrows show the prevailing sun. I have a tiny patch with two good angles, morning and afternoon. The best spot, where the squash is, is at the intersection of those two angles (which is the wrong word but you know what I mean.)

And the white arrows show the prevailing wind (from the North).

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Submitted by insanelysane on

Allowing cut logs to serve as path edge and allowing the log to rot and compost back into the earth is one of the best things about this use. I use logs to "nurse " saplings of baby trees I am trying to establish from the native acorns or seeds. Young sapling trees tend to get mowed or stepped on but by placing the seedling between the two logs, it protects it and adds nutrient as it decomposes.
I learned that from Mother Nature. She's a great teacher!

Lambert, pretty nice garden. Can't wait to see the crops.