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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2017 at 4:10am

Daniel, it seems you have your design created for you. 

Because critters don't bother evergreens, maples, or ginkgos, they can be planted wherever you want them.  

Nor do they bother collard greens, turnips, radishes, pumpkin, or squash plants, and so you need no caging for them.  

If the plant is above a foot tall, critters don’t bother corn, onions, garlic,  or potato plants. These need early protection and perhaps a small covering would work. 

Since critters do limited tasting to mulberries, fig trees, and lindens, perhaps they could be grouped together with a light weight wire or a fence, or spread over the property and with individual fences.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2017 at 12:01am

Mycorrhizal Fungi: The World’s Biggest Drinking Straws And Largest ...

"the mass of mycorrhizal fungi on the planet is estimated to be somewhere between 1.4 and 4 tons per person. "

"Plants depend on mycorrhizal fungal filaments to supply them with a stunning proportion of their needed water and minerals. In some forests, these fungi provide the plants with up to 80% of their nitrogen and 90% of their phosphorus. The fungi, in turn, depend on plants to provide them with organic compounds needed for their own growth."

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2017 at 11:33am

Funny sign Don.

Comment by Don on July 21, 2017 at 8:13am

Comment by Don on July 21, 2017 at 7:31am

Joan, those little yellow flowers are hawkweed.  And the meadow is just a lot of wild field plants (clover, fireweed, plantains, dandelion, wild strawberry, campion, Queen Anne's lace, and various grasses that I keep mown.  Those birch logs are one stalk of the gray birch nearby, which I took down because it was bending into the path.  It's a short-lived tree.

Here in Vermont, Thomas, feeding the deer would be illegal.  But numerous as they are, the deer are not to much of a problem for most gardeners.  They do sometimes damage young trees, especially in the winter.  

Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2017 at 6:53am

New computer and crumby keyboard, so bear with me. 

On wildlife, it's rabbits and  'coons that are the bane of my garden existance (see Wildlife group post).

Beautiful home and setting,  Don!

Joan, as soon as I replace this keyboard, I'll answer your question.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2017 at 2:54pm

Loren, or anyone who has any brains left, mine have evaporated into the ether. 

How do I change the dimensions of a video 

from 640 x 360

to     500 x

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2017 at 2:40pm

Randy, how is your garden doing? What are your major challenges at this time of year? 

Is the farm recoveing? With all the flooding and weather problems they had, it is no wonder they were overwhelmed. With your wise guidance and their experiences, I hope the future is easier. 

Hi Kathy, just checking in. Hope you are well and have few challenges to complicate your summer. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2017 at 2:03pm

Daniel, your formidable wildlife challenge seems overwhelming for the gardener in me. The part of me that enjoys wildlife makes it a very special place. Your inventory of deer, birds, rabbits, and I suppose a mouse, squirrel, and mole or two must add to the rascals to keep from your fine produce. Do you have as many problems at your Battle Ground property?

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2017 at 1:57pm

I seem to be settling into a new normal as I look out my window to the growing boxes and see healthy, rebust weeds growing out of the carefully prepared beds with layers of composted manure. I have neither the energy nor the strength to even visit the boxes. What I do have left are the birdfeeders that attracted several families of birds; they flitter back and forth between the feeders and the forest leaving a trail of their droppings that turn the meadow green under their fleight pattern. 

I am becoming a better driver of my wheelchair and I am determined not to leave any marks on the furniture, walls, or cabinets. 

The fellows are all busy with building projects and clearing forest for fire safety I haven't asked for help to the greenhouse. The snow took down several sheds and roofs last winter and these projects take a team of rebuilders. 

I am getting stronger with less pain in my foot and ankle. I should be up and walking around very soon. I do my exercises every day and keep my foot elevated on pillows night & day. I tried, unsuccessfully, to walk to the bathroom this morning so I will keep at the exercises, ice packs, and elevated foot. 

Don, your gardens inspire me every year; I long for the days when I could put in a good day's work and turn out beautiful gardens. I give up that dream and enjoy seeing your work, Daniels, and any photos of gardens and progress. You have a lovely meadow, Don, with a pretty yellow blossom; what is growing there? The photo looking through the deciduous trees toward your house looks calm and relaxing, even though there is sign of hard work with the stack of cut wood. 

 

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