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Home Fermented Hot Sauces. 10.18.18
Joan, they ate my strawberry plants too. Other plants in my deer's favorite location, that they dont touch: Rabbit ears (Stachys byzantia), German iris, Siberian iris, Rudbeckia, peonies, Crocosmia, cosmos, violets, mints, borage, lemon balm, potatoes, chives, garlic chives, oriental poppies. The ate bachelors buttons at first, but stopped.
Randy, this is more than enough squash for us. I still have some cooked squash puree in freezer from last year. What do you do with yours?
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.
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.
I love a good pumpkin pie!
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.
They look great!
Never heard of pink squash before. Is the flavour different?
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.
One of my favourite things to do is to visit gardens.
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!
Loam, you never show too many flowers or photos. Your work inspires me.
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