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Daniel, I also like your atheist ginko story.
Kathy, muskmelon and cantaloupe are the same thing. Wikipedia says "Cantaloupe (also cantelope, cantaloup, muskmelon (India and the United States), mushmelon, rockmelon, sweet melon, honeydew, Persian melon, or spanspek (South Africa)) refers to a variety of Cucumis melo, a species in the family Cucurbitaceae.
Cantaloupes range in weight from 0.5 to 5 kilograms (1.1 to 11.0 lb). Originally, cantaloupe referred only to the non-netted, orange-fleshed melons of Europe. However, in more recent US usage, it has come to mean any orange-fleshed melon (C. melo). Cantaloupe is the most popular variety of melon in the United States."
Most people around here call them cantaloupe, but I've started calling them muskmelon because I like the sound of that word, and I can remember it easier than cantaloupe.
Daniel, when do you retire? Just about a month isn't it?
If I get the chance, I'll plant some tasty brambles like you have in the part of my yard that gets the least sun. Sounds like they grow so tall, they will find the sun. This year, I purchased a thorny blackberry because I understand they taste better. It took a while to grow much, but it's doing well now, and I should be able to see how it tastes next year.
I often also would like to see people plant things to eat and ornamentals instead of leaving the ground weedy or bare, or covered with grass. From what I here, there are more fruit trees in this town that many other towns, but still not many.
Daniel, I like your ideas and I think that is what we will do for Michelle's garden. She has chickens and raises only enough to feed her family of five growing children. She said it takes 18 eggs to fix an egg-based breakfast. Granted, some of the eggs are small.
Randy, I think I may have gotten the idea of a sidewalk forest from your table of produce, I vaguely remember you telling us about it before. Anyway, I will give you credit for the idea in our family conferences. I live on a country road and up a gravel drive about the length of a football field. Country roads offer opportunities for interesting stories, especially when the bottom of the road drops into mud during spring thaw. I remember those events from my childhood when all the roads were dirt and oil. Riding in a car those days was thrilling because the potholes made my stomach tingle.
Kathy, I had not thought of electric fencing, although it is what L&L did to keep their horses at home. I especially like the idea of a solar powered fencing. We could put up the poles to the heights necessary to keep deer and rabbits out. I suppose that would keep the skunks and raccoons out as well. The old horse barn and pasture is now the new chicken coop. They just put in a chicken wire fence around a small part of the pasture on the old poles used to keep in the horses. I want to put the chickens in my raised beds and a chicken electric wire fence around the perimeter might be a solution.
L&L (Laura and Larry) and I will discuss these ideas and see what will work for us. I get many good ideas from this group and forget from whom I got them. I will just be sure to let the family know of your ideas at our family meetings.
Love your Ginko story, Daniel.
And I love your fruit sharing idea, Joan. Since my garden and fruit trees are off the main road (a county road), I set up a table out front for passerbys to help themselves. Few do, however. Too much in a hurry, I reckon.
If I returned to the city I would design my garden to have fruit trees and berries all along the sidewalk so that people could pick and eat as they walked by. I would put a little bench and table so those who wanted to stop and rest, they would have a comfortable and lovely place to pause.
However, I live deep in a small patch of dense forest and am designing the property taking in consideration the limited amounts of water from a well, sandy soil, wild animals wandering through on occasion, and plants that need protection from the nibbling deer and rabbits.
Travis collected some cut logs that will make good fence post to put around the raised beds.
I need some advice from those of you experienced eith deer and rabbit inruders.
How high do I need to build the fence?
What kind of screening works best to keep deer out?
We want a light material that we can take down to mow the grass between the raised beds.
Does anyone have advice about materials that fit my criteria?
What screening material does not work?
Ancient Ginkgo drops leaves like rain, Ōshika, Japan
I have a Katsura, (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) a tree native to Japan and China. Some years it drops all its leaves in one 24 hour period, as the Ginkgo does, leaving a lovely yellow carpet.
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