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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Nice looking spuds! I always wonder what happens to all the little ones that are grown commercially since the only the largest appear in stores.
Here's about half the sweet potatoes I dug up. I forgot to take a picture of the loaded persimmon tree.
I love hummers - I had scads of them all summer this year. They're almost hypnotic; I could sit and watch them for hours.
Daniel, I planted many different kinds of fritillaries and a season or two, they all disappeared, except two "Crown Imperials".I have them in my "Grotto garden" which isn't a cave or water spring. It is a dark part of my garden where the sun never penetrates, except in this one spot at the edge where the morning sun light touches the ground.
I just looked up "The Informed Gardener" and found an amazing author, scientist, gardener, Linda Chalker-Scott. For an audio of her reading, go to:
I am impressed. A book is coming and a Kindle book by her just arrived. She has a chapter on the Myth of Organic Superiority.
The reviews of her and her books stand out as good sources for the scientific aspect of gardening. I like debunking myths.
She has a degree from WSU as well as others. She and I must have walked the same greenhouses and barns and shoveled manure onto the ground of the WSU President's House.
Randy, you probably know all this information, however, here is a site that defines alternative methods of vole control.
Voles (Meadow Mice)
I guess I am going to have to get rid of my lovely mice population with vegetables replacing shrubs. Gardening is a give and take situation. I guess I could create a mice box if I really wanted to watch them. No, I already have enough stuff to watch.
My visiting cat population is down; their families moved away and the other cats in the neighborhood are indoor cats.
Nice sweet potatoes I dug up! This is the first year in many that voles didn't decimate them. Of course, I rotate crops, so perhaps they didn't find them. No frost, by the way. And I dug them in a cold drizzly rain. Miserable and muddy. But that's gardening!
Daniel, the persimmons are ripening. I had to prop up the whole tree. Only one tree out of the 6 I have produced 'simmons. I know four are male, but the other female refused to cooperate.
Yes, Don, I love the progression of your photos. I know Mt. Washington is noted for its record breaking winds. Are you windward or leeward from the Mt.?
Barbara, it's fun to read about your passion for gardening! It still astounds me that nobody I know grows fruits and vegetables in their back yard. I mean, how difficult is it to stick a tomato plant in the ground, or sow a row of carrot seeds, etc.? Show us a photo of your stone work, if possible.
Daniel, your collection of new seeds gives promise of some nice colors, shapes and textures. I have two surviving fritillaries. I look forward to you photos next summer!
Don, your garden is just stunning. The scenes with the mountains in the background make it a special place to grow good things. I very much like each one, and am especially enchanted by the May 23, freshly planted scene.
Hi Joan-- Oh, yes, I have a rider. What I don't really have is a lawn. It's really more of a field that I mow maybe 10 times a season. When I don't it grows up in various grasses, clover, vetch, pinks, hawkweed, and so on.Here is this year's garden month to month: April 28, May 23, June 16, July 27, August 18, September 18, and October 14.
Don, very glad to learn you mow your leaves into the lawn. Is this scene from your garden. I hope you have a riding mower!
The sky, mountains, trees and lawn offer beautiful colors and contrasts.
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