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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Yesterday's garden. It's coming along.
Our cherry tree (below) in northern Vermont isn't bothered at all by birds. The rose chafers do some damage to the leaves, but I pick them off as much as I can, and the fruit seem unaffected. Cedar waxwings, flickers, and others, even now, are feasting on the wild strawberries, but they do not go after the pie cherries. Maybe it's the variety? The birds leave our blueberries alone, too.
Talking about cherries,I finally removed all my cherry trees for several reasons. I found a way to stop the birds from eating 100%, but it became too much work. Then, once the fruit flies found them, nothing I did would stop them, although I never tried spraying poison.
The trees also started dying. Something in my soil here is not good for a number of plants.
Before the pie cherry tree died, I seem to remember it was not attractive to fruit flies or birds. If I ever get some land, I'll try a pie cherry again. Maybe even sweet cherries. I've had the thought that laying down garden fabric under those trees would interrupt the fruit fly life cycle. It probably would not allow them to get into the ground, or come back out of the ground.
Fantastic Daniel!! Got my first green beans today also. I didn't think about photographing until after I'd eaten them all. They were so SWEET. The crap in the stores even the high priced produce are never so good as stuff straight from the vine to mouth.
The earliest harvests never make it home I always tend to eat them while I'm tending.
I look forward to having chickens again, maybe next year. Those eggs look delightful.
Yummy looking, but I'm still not convinced!
Randall, I love cherry pie--even more than rhubarb. When I planted my Evans bali tree a few years back, I was concerned about the birds, but as it happens they never bother the fruit. And I would rather pit cherries for a pie than peel apples! Here is last year's:
Don, pretty impressive list. I have a similar list, but no cherries. No more pitting, worms, or robins to contend with.
Spud, it's always good to hear from you!
Daniel, I have tomatoes (Jet Stars and Little Mama plums) hardneck garlic, onions, leeks, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, red cabbages, carrots, beets, arugula, radishes, chard, Kennebec spuds, various leaf lettuces, de Farci green beans, cantaloupes, butternut squash, zucchinis, asparagus, dill, basil, parsley, and rhubarb, blueberries, black currants, and cherries. And gladioli.Here is the garden just five weeks ago, on April 29. The garlic is up and the new lettuces are blanketed in snow
Yes, June in Vermont is such a glorious season, lush and vigorous. It's wonderful, after a long winter, to see everything in leaf and flower again.
Love your greenery Don. Light yellow green is my favorite color.
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