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Reducing the Ashe Juniper population, making new trails, and erosion control brush berms.
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We're at the transition between the "Dead of Summer" and the new cool season growing period.  The Cedar Elms are blooming and some Summer-dormant things are beginning to come out of dormancy.  I'm cleaning up the Kitchen Garden to plant cool-season vegetables and to review what did well and what failed.

Starting with the failures:

Strawberries - they hated it right away and died soon after.  Soil not right, probably.

Bambara Ground Nuts - same thing, instant hate, near-instant death.

Crosnes - never did much, soil probably too alkaline.

Eggplant - seeds sprouted but seedlings died or got eaten instantly.

Choko/Mirliton - grew well initially then failed as it got very hot.  Probably in too much sun on the West-facing side of the garden.  Next year I will try them on the East-facing side.

Bell Pepper - not worth growing, they don't produce well here.


There were some notable successes:

Tatume Squash - grew fabulously and produced like mad, more than we could eat.  We shared a lot of them.  We still have over a dozen mature fruit to eat later.

Sweet Potato - I planted these as a ground cover and they did great.  We ate them throughout the season as greens and it looks like we will get some roots as well.

Red Russian Kale - produced well for months, went dormant in the heat of Summer and is now coming back for new harvests.

Sweet Banana Pepper - grew and produced heavily.  Next year I will try to grow them from seed instead of from store plants.

Moringa - my new favorite plant.  I have three growing in the Kitchen Garden and have planted sticks of three more which I hope will root and grow.  I hope to get all these trees through the cold season but not counting on it.  In any case they grow so fast I won't mind replanting from seed next year if I have to.


Some challenges:

Gilbert Fritz Landrace Tomatoes - grew well direct-seeded and produced lots of fruit but got badly attacked by sucking insects.  Soil probably not optimum.

Bearded Iris - I planted a lot of these throughout the Kitchen Garden but the soil there is sometimes too moist for them so some rotted.  I'm moving the survivors to the Food Forest where the soil stays drier.

Apple - I successfully grafted my one surviving Apple tree but it has not grown much at all.  Just not happy.  I think I will give up on Apples.
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Moringa is producing pods.  I'm not sure when to harvest them.
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Working on a new trail and brush berm
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Brush berm along the edge of the old quarry
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very cool =)

+ 1 for double fence, totally a great idea. and yeah it makes it much harder to jump, deer are intimidated by it, they can jump high but not wide and high.

one great idea i have heard people doing to stack functions with the double fence- is to run chickens in between the inner fence and outer fence....with a little house somewhere inside there.

in this way they can have the run of the whole circle, right back to their little house, they make use of the space between the fences and most excellent - eat a lot of insects surrounding your garden. as the insects try to get into your juicy edibles in the garden...the chickens can eat them before they get there!
 
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leila hamaya wrote:
one great idea i have heard people doing to stack functions with the double fence- is to run chickens in between the inner fence and outer fence....with a little house somewhere inside there.



Yes, I like that design idea also - and yet another improvement might be to have a dog run outside the chicken run, if the dog is not a chicken-chaser (for instance, our dog is - or used to be when she was younger - a squirrel and deer chaser, but never bothered a chicken.).  No varmints could get to the chickens or the garden.
 
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