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Comment by Randall Smith on July 13, 2018 at 6:17am

Echinacea must be the proper name for coneflowers. I have plenty of them.

As an aside, I'm not a Martha Stewart fan. Ugh.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 12, 2018 at 11:35am

Randy, that's thoughtful of you to plant them for others, since you don't care for them.  I don't know if I do or not - I just like growing stuff.

Gooseberry/rhubarb - nice!  I can't grow gooseberries here.  Some kind of bug strips them bare and kills them.

Joan, I thought about electric fence.  I think I'm at a stage were I need to streamline and cut back some.  After this, I have a shed to build, then I think that's all I want to do, construction-wise.  I've learned most of the plants that get eaten by herbivores, and when.  I just need to be diligent and make better choices.

Here are some flowers those animals don't touch.  Just starting blooming. 

Echinacea - grown from seed 2 years ago.  I read they don't like the Pacific Northwest winters, but here they are.  I might plant some more again.

I keep having to divide and replant the Crocosmia.  They do really well here.  Nothing eats them, and they don't need watering.  Hummingbirds love them.

I plant zinnias and marigolds in rows, like vegetables.  Martha Stewart would scoff, but I like them this way.  Just starting to bloom.  They also don't need water and the herbivores don't bother them at all.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 12, 2018 at 9:08am

One of these days, we'll have pawpaws. I planted about 20 trees, not all of which made it. I won't be eating them, however.

A solar powered fence is a good idea. My regular electric fence is a pain to set up. It's for sweet corn, not hens.

My gooseberry/rhubarb pie is delicious! A perfect combination of tartness with sweetness.

What should have been a quick job of freezing broccoli turned out to be lengthy. My heads were so wormy, it took me several hours to soak (in salt water) and pick out dead "worms". I'm sure I didn't get them all--added protein, as they say.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2018 at 5:04am

Daniel, have you thought of using solar-powered fencing around your growing plot?

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Here is one video showing someone using it. 

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There are many other videos on this subject. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2018 at 12:26am

Loam/Daniel, your blossoms and developing pawpaw tree looks very promising. I am curious about the taste of the fruit when it ripens; please keep us informed. 

Your photos and comments enrich my day. 

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 11, 2018 at 11:02pm

We still get scallions from the Egyptian Walking Onions, when in season.  I was thinking something was eating those too, and they are stronger than regular onions.  So I have them in a more protected place in raised beds.

A few years ago, I planted this cactus in a container with a lily.  It gets no special care at all, just whatever the lily gets.  I noticed it was blooming.

The pawpaw trees might actually produce this year.  If so, this will be a first.  Here they are so far.  Probably 2 to 3 months to ripening, a guess since I've never had them get this far before.

Comment by Patricia on July 11, 2018 at 9:45pm

They must have some serious bad breath! 

Rick planted onions too, but he hasn't said how they're doing.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 11, 2018 at 8:29pm

Either deer, or rabbits, or both ate some of my onions last year, and almost all of them, this year.  i was very frustrated.  There were about a hundred plants.  They also ate garlic leaves for a while.  I didnt think they would need extensive fencing, and never got around to putting in the big security fences I use for tomatoes and beans and fruit trees.  Next year I intend to - home grown onions are a nice crop. 

Comment by Patricia on July 10, 2018 at 1:27pm

I'm surprised the wild life would go for the onions.

I eat zucchini raw all the time. I've taken to eating some sort of vegetable with my breakfast egg, & that is one of them.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 10, 2018 at 8:23am

Randy, zucchinis must be among the most prolific summer vegetables.  We eat a lot of fritters, salads, grilled zucchinis, and others.  I have shredded zucchini, and drained it, then frozen for winter use in various things.  I posted a couple of recipes, sor of, in the food group to share.

I'm glad your sweet corn is doing better!  That took some effort on your part, getting them straightened up again.  My first batches of sweet corn are starting to show tassel.  The last batches are only about 6 inches tall.  We'll see how long that makes the sweet corn season.

I'll have to try them raw with hummus.  I also like the Asian style peanut sauce.

My peppers are doing lousy this year.  I don't know why, they are just not growing.  I will have to plant in a different raised bed next year.  I also didn't get onions, because rabbits or deer continually ate the tops and pulled up plants.  Maybe 3 onions made it out of a hundred sets.

But I can't complain.  Most things are doing like gangbusters.   It's now Asian plum season, and those are so juicy and flavorful!

 

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