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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 31, 2017 at 8:38pm

It was surprising to me because I thought they would grow more or less on auto-pilot, but I have a friend whose zucchini karma is completely afflicted. In his words:

Four years ago, I got hammered by powdery mildew. A year later, blossom end rot hit. Last year it was earwigs and hail. And now this year: root rot.

He had gorgeous, robust plants and nice big squash, and in three days they croaked. Anyone know of a treatment for root rot?

Comment by kathy: ky on July 31, 2017 at 6:39pm
And butterflies and rabbits and beneficial snakes and frogs. All kinds of good things.
Comment by Thomas Murray on July 30, 2017 at 12:39pm

  We live in Maryland about 50 miles north-west of Washington, D.C. The pix of the wild turkeys were taken by an Iphone. Not very good pixs and my wife couldn't get close to them bcuz wild turkey are timid.

 We bought this house 2 years ago and this is the first time we've seen them. Just once in a while in the evening we have deer coming through between 5 to 6 p.m. We have a year round stream running through our yard. It has crayfish, toads, frogs and tiny fishies.

  But this Summer is different. I've decided not to mow the back yard and let the wild flowers and other plants have their rights to exist. Since then we've seen more deer come through, wild turkeys, and ground hogs scurrying around.

  Also our two terriers have been barking more often at night than before.

  So it is obvious to me that leaving the yard to its natural state will bring nature and wildlife back.  Fortunately, the wild animals haven't bothered our young fruit trees.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 30, 2017 at 9:59am
Randall, her came from​ ky of course :)
Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2017 at 7:46am

I, too, was shocked to see a sole turkey strut across my yard last spring. Where did he come from?, I thought. Never saw him again.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2017 at 6:01am

I thought wild turkeys were more shy than that.  We don't have any here.  

I've mentioned this somewhere before, when I was quite small, my dad took care of a large flock of intelligently designed turkeys.  On my visit to the farm, I wandered into the flock and became quite scared when they all surrounded me and were all gobbling.  I'll bet my dad had a good chuckle about that.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 30, 2017 at 12:13am
Thomas, what state do you live in? Those don't look like the ones we have. But it's hard to see details of them in the field. Ky is lousy with turkeys. I counted thirty one evening in a soybean field that had been harvested. Ky is lousy with wildlife of all kinds. But it's a very large state with very different geographical areas in it's boundaries. From the beautiful, but poor, Appalachians to the multi million dollar horse farms in the bluegrass of the Lexington area, to the corn and soybean fields of Western Ky it's as diverse as a state can be. Ever changing landscape and wildlife. I learned just last year that ky also has elk. That surprised me.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2017 at 12:06am

Thomas, I'm glad you had the experience of wild turkeys with little ones. I get a thrill every time a flock comes through our yard. Tonight we saw a female deer walk through our white Dutch clover patch, nibbling as she walked. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 29, 2017 at 11:19am

   The other day my wife came hurrying in, grabbed my arm and pulled me outside.... and there in our backyard ... a flock of wild turkeys strutting, single filed toward our creek.

   This is the first time I've seen wild turkeys. We counted three adult females and 12 little ones.

I thought wild turkeys were extincted but this proved not to be.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 28, 2017 at 1:51pm
Joan, you're very welcome. Even though they are called annuals mine come back from the roots system every year. They seed heavily so you can collect seeds and save them. Some spots where the seeds drop will have hundreds of little flowers in the spring. In our area anyway. But they are easy to pull up and toss aside. Or use the vinegar/ water mix and spray them and kill them off.

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