|The vines are mostly brown and the garden weedy. Next to mow it and dig it up, and put a cover crop on for winter.|
Many didn't come, and after several replantings, finally the hills were all up. As they grew, we realized that about half of the garden was in the shade of tall walnut trees half of the morning. They did poorly and set few squash that were very small. Part of the problem is black walnut tree roots sap the ground as well as put out jugalone, a natural killer of competing plants. So that part of the garden was almost worthless and will return to lawn in the future.
The north 1/2 was in full sun all day and away from the trees. It yielded wonderfully. As we picked dozens of squash this afternoon, we found many partially chewed. Ground hogs, deer, rabbits and squirrels all probably took their turn. They ruined much more than they ate. Animals are very wasteful of fruit and vegetables, ruining much more than they eat. Our apples suffer from one or two holes from birds; eaten branches, and ripped off and broken branches from bears and deer.
|The result of explosive growth!|
Anyway, even with the depredation, we have many good squash left for the sale on Saturday, the 10th Annual River Road Ramble.
Tomorrow we pick the pumpkins, also showing signs of animal damage.