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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Joan and Daniel, your Washington weather (and fires) has been awful! I've noticed that the national news shows feature some unusual weather occurance virtually every day somewhere in the U.S. I wonder if it's a subliminal message to the global warming rejectionists(?).
Oh, and delicata is the best tasting squash I know.
I saw in the news that you have a sandstorm in Washington.
News Alert: "The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for parts of Chelan County. Around 1" of rain has fallen there within the past hour."
It seems the heavy rain missed Spokane; we just got a terrible wind last night.
Spud, what a good idea for old popcorn. I will throw a dozen year old jar of popcorn out in the bird feeder station and see what happens.
Randy, the downpours have been very heavy this year. A new storm system just moved in yesterday with lots of wind; wonder what today will be like. Your vegetable variety sounds like the makings of a great harvest feast, with all the family, workers on the farm, friends and neighbors invited for a gigantic celebration of a good yield. What is Delicata? I looked for it and found it. The description sounds delicious.
Daniel, your healthy harvest looks too good to eat, even as my mouth waters just looking at it. I see you have what looks like hot Chili sauce in the photo. Remarkable that your 10 year old seeds sprouted.
I love pattypan and zucchini and have several, courtesy of my next door neighbor. Really sorry I didn't get the seeds in the ground this spring. I am clearing out some old shrubs and perennials to be used for vegetables next spring. My compost pile is getting very high and by next spring, it should be ready to pull some nice compost out from the bottom.
In the spring, I could be in the garden doing chores only a few minutes before coming in exhausted. Now, I can putter for five hours and more without fatigue. It is the heat that drives me in.
So you buy arugula - finding the word anyone would use in a shop is sometimes difficult.
Chris, I have not heard of rucola before, so looked it up:
Eruca sativa (syn. E. vesicaria subsp. sativa (Miller) Thell., Brassica eruca L.) is an edible annual plant, commonly known as salad rocket,roquette, rucola, rucoli, rugula, colewort, and, in the United States, arugula.
Your salad sounds delicious.
Thanks Randall. Just finished the salad for tonight: Iceberg lettuce, rucola, tomato, cucumber, onion, tuna, anchovies.
Watching a portion of some PBS show with Dr. F.....(?) promoting salads, beans, and green veggies as THE way to good health and weight reduction (non-dieting). He especially promoted onions. I grow a lot of them (along with garlic), and try to use them in as many dishes as I can. Just thought I'd pass that on.
Daniel, sweetcorn takes up quite a bit of room, but it's worth the space. Your high temperatures may be a problem (along with deer). Do you have raccoons? I think my dog(s) have helped with that problem.
My winter squash crop is spectacular. Butternut, acorn, and Delicata, primarily. Along with sweet potatoes, I go "orange" during the winter ("green" in summer). What fun it is to grow ones own fruits and vegetables! Keep your comments coming.
Glad you got rain Randall. More is predicted here for the next 3 days.
Daniel, what a lot of good food you've got. I've never grown a white squash before. Is it a Pattypan squash? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_squash
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