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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Randall Smith on September 21, 2018 at 7:01am

Daniel, your squash photo could have come from me. For some reason, I didn't plant my favorite acorn squash this year. However, my SIL has plenty. I did get some Delicata--another fave.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2018 at 3:59am

Loam, I like your information of what deer eat and don't eat in your recent planting helps me know what to add to my seed and bulb order for next spring. 

Deer eat the Spanish bluebells, four o'clock, and muscari;

not daffodils, peonies, or echinacea.

Two deer came to eat on the terraces this afternoon; we watched quietly until they finished. They didn't touch the peony leaves, the gaillardia, echinacea, salvia; they ate strawberry leaves (there are no strawberries). We will have to protect the strawberries next spring. 

Comment by Patricia on September 20, 2018 at 9:59pm

I love a good pumpkin pie!

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 20, 2018 at 9:57pm

Cooked, they look and taste just like pumpkin.  Delicious pies!  My grandmother's sister grew them 50 years ago, and they do well in Pacific NW.  This is the 3rc time I've grown them here.

Comment by Patricia on September 20, 2018 at 9:43pm

They look great!

Never heard of pink squash before. Is the flavour different?

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 20, 2018 at 9:28pm

Pink Banana Squash, Winter Luxuey Pumpkin, some Buttetnut Squash that didn't grow much, and some volunteer squashes that might be crosses of zucchinis with pumpmins.

Some daffodils to give hope for Spring.

Comment by Patricia on September 19, 2018 at 6:16pm

One of my favourite things to do is to visit gardens.

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 19, 2018 at 6:12pm

Thank you Joan, Spud, Patricia, Randy, and anyone I missed, for your comments. Being able to share is like having neighbors or family walking through the garden and orchard and yard and flowers, together.  It makes me happy in this difficult world and gives me hope.

Today I spread fir bark dust mulch on the border by the woods, which lead to a ravine that has a running river in winter.  This is the area that I cleared 2 to 3 years ago, from blackberry brambles, planted perennials that I intended to compost, as well as rhodies, cypress trees, and a dawn redwood.  It's also planted with many Spanish bluebells, camassia, snowdrops, and daffodils.  Deer like this area, and my goal was that if something was going to be eaten, so be it.  For example, they are the Spanish bluebells, four o'cocks, and muscari but not daffodils, peonies, or echinacea.   It's turned out pretty nice.  Last year I spread arborist chips, which suppressed most of the weeds for a year but is self-composting.  So this time, I spread bark dust to see if that lasts longer.  That area also has bearded irises, which I read can not be mulched, but I wonder if that's other mulches.  The bark dust seems dry and might prevent disease?  I don't know.

I visit this area every day, and sit on a bench made from stumps and a big board, and ponder.

I'm very sore, so that's it for today!

There are two packages of daffodils,, from Bi-Mart, to plant.  Maybe tomorrow!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2018 at 3:31pm

Loam, you never show too many flowers or photos. Your work inspires me. 

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 19, 2018 at 12:26pm

Randy, I think Zinnias don't take much care.  I grow them as a row crop, sort of  like radishes or beanss or onions.  That way it is easy to weed between the rows.  Same with the cosmos, although it's rangy and needs ore room. 

I wondered if these pawpaws would survive the summer.  It was so hot and dry, in the 100s and no rain for many weeks.  I had a difficult time watering, but I did try to water the pawpaw trees once weekly, for most weeks.  And they have a leaf mulch.

The apple in the photo is average size, Rubinette.  It's quite good, but is here for comparison to the pawpaws.

 

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