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Autumn

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

-Emily Dickinson

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Pumpkins, Carrots, Turnips & Bison

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Today I spent a lot of time in the garden. I tore out an area next to the pumpkins that had a couple of sickly zucchini plants and weeds. After cleaning it out I planted carrots. In a similar fit of activity I pulled out the remaining turnips – maybe 20 or so – and planted a fall crop of turnips.

Animals have chewed my pumpkins.

Animals have chewed my pumpkins.

They've even chewed my funny-looking one.

They've even chewed my funny-looking one.

The pumpkins continue to grow but word is getting around the animal world that pumpkin is pretty tasty. Does anyone have any idea how to protect pumpkins from the squirrels/rabbits/raccoons/birds that are sampling them? Do I use chicken wire?

I’d love to hear some ideas.

Katie asked if we could take a trip to Fermi Lab in Batavia where there is a great hike through a large meadow of grasses and wildflowers and woods. What she really wanted to see was the Bison herd.

It was a great way to wrap up the day.

Katie with wildflowers in the woods at Fermi Labs.

Katie with wildflowers in the woods at Fermi Labs.

Katie photographing bison.

Katie photographing bison.

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Mid-Season Evaluation

unripe tomatoes

unripe tomatoes

The All Star Game this week has put me in a mood to evaluate how things are going in the garden. Like the Cubs, there are both good and bad things to report.

The photos below tell mostly of the good things going on. The first peppers, both bell and jalapeño, emerged from their flowers today. Zucchini and broccoli are producing well. Noah is seeing the beginnings of what are supposed to become 25-pound pumpkins. Turnips continue to be available to pull as needed. Tomatoes are green, growing and prolific.

broccoli

broccoli

black raspberries

black raspberries

Actually there are very few problems to report. A couple of my zucchini plants are wilting. I suspect either the Squash bug or the Squash vine borer is the culprit. I’ve seen both in the garden. Although there are Japanese beetles in massive numbers, they are not as fond of my garden without green beans this year. They are preferring the grape plants.

wilted zucchini plant

wilted zucchini plant

very small pumpkin

very small pumpkin

zucchini

zucchini

first jalapeño pepper

first jalapeño pepper

small bell pepper

small bell pepper

In evaluating this blog itself, it seems that a more regular posting would be good. This week I got rather involved with photographing insects and neglected my posts. (Well, I also had some work to do.) I will have some things to say – and show – concerning creepy crawlies in a future post.

turnip

turnip

very small pear on a nearly-dead pear tree

very small pear on a nearly-dead pear tree

And finally, inspired by Jesse’s “bug’s eye view” of his pumpkin plant, I’ve included below a similar view of Noah’s pumpkin plant that long ago escaped it’s boundaries. The photo shows the point of escape.

bug's-eye view of Noah's pumpkin plants

bug's-eye view of Noah's pumpkin plants

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