Bits of News for the Mildly Curious

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–My little new apple tree was chomped by a deer again. Not so bad as the first time, but it seems I should take up hunting.

–A good apple harvest is coming in on the full grown apple trees. I am very happy. Estatic, maybe.

–Half of my corn produced, the second half I planted later hasn’t, and won’t. Part of the reason might be due to the fact I didn’t mulch or manure it. The corn I did harvest tasted great. The fact that I didn’t get more because of my own failed labor makes me feel bad.

–A good squash harvest is coming in.

–We’re getting tons of cucumbers, due to the plentiful rain. Talitha has been making batch after batch of dill pickles. We’ve been eating them almost as fast.

–Grape harvest is a bust, due to the rain, I think. All the concord grapes shriveled up–because of a fungus, maybe. My newer grape vines were attacked by Japanese beetles, but the beetles didn’t come until later in the summer, so I don’t think the damage was too serious.

–I still haven’t mowed the field or sharpened the chain saw.

About the Author

At age fifteen, Rundy decided he wanted to write for his living. He is currently working on a novel, although it is not the novel he started at fifteen. When not working on the novel, he might be riding his bike, feeding his chickens, helping his neighbors, messing around with web design and computers in general, or writing on his blog, which discusses other topics in addition to gardening. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 AHS Heat Zone: 3 Location: rural; Southern Tier of NY Geographic type: foothills of Appalachian Mountains Soil Type: acid clay Experience level: advanced beginner Particular interests: fruits, vegetables, major landscaping, chickens and other poultry

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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