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A-Mazing Garden

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My grandson knows how to have fun. Pulling weeds and watering are not on Noah’s fun list. Besides, he’s too young for that sort of thing.

His sense of wonder makes him love to follow the paths between my garden’s rows. They’ve grown together enough to no longer resemble the two strips of lawn they were in spring. To Noah it must look like a wonderland of vines, enormous leaves and exotic vegetation that creates a maze-like path. Dodging tomatoes, prickly squash leaves and shiny peppers he twists around one obstacle after another. He carefully protects himself from threatening tendrils with an out-thrust elbow. Then he reverses it or decides to make the return trip down the next strip.

I don’t know what type of temperament turns a weedy, overgrown garden into a playground but I like Noah’s outlook on life.

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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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Tomatoes…as Weeds!

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Tomato plants have more resiliency than I knew! After posting about having drowned mine, I further subjected them to a mild frost – normally a true tomato killer! I have done all things wrong to them and still they survive. _WKP3701

Finally, I have discovered that tomato plants share something with garlic mustard. As a prolific seed producer, last-year’s tomato plants have left THIS year’s turnip-radish-lettuce beds with little tomato plants…THOUSANDS of them! All of them need to be pulled.

I have a little more respect for the tomato plant this year…and I’ll be a little more careful about cleaning up the tomato patch this fall.

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