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Alex Ames

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The rabbit lives here. He exits in a hurry when I throw brush on. My other brush pile is filling a hole it is twice this size but is only slightly above ground level.
The house wrens seem to like it.
5 months ago
Garden is coming in!
6 months ago
Arugula and sunchokes will not fail you. Both have their limitations. Asparagus is easy in certain climates and with enough space to dedicate to it. Basil, leaf lettuce, parsley, and most vegetables do well if you plant them! That is the key! I have found the tiny “Matt’s Wild” Tomato variety to provide volunteers consistently and if one were to provide them their own space and be more intentional, I think you would have a permanent crop.
I have my tomato seeds started. Tried to wait until 3/1 but couldn’t!
9 months ago
Daylilies are great! You can do much more than breed them for color. Scape length, bloom size, eyes and edges only limited by one thing, they don't do blue. You can get lavender and purple. It takes patience, record keeping and rule following but once the pipeline is full you have a parade of never seen before blooms. It has enriched my life having that to look forward too.
Cilantro and Collards were good all winter.
2 years ago
I noticed a rabbit on his hind legs eating the tender buds of my blueberries yesterday! They just look cute!
2 years ago
Reading through the thread the strong recommendations for black cherry should tell you something! I can confirm that it is a winner!

The advice to plant some hybrids is also sound. I have mostly heirlooms BUT they will let you down sometimes. Last year Park's Whopper
saved the day for me and over the season I had enough heirlooms to make it worthwhile to grow them too. Last year Costoluto Genvese
produced well for me, as did Georgia Streak, Amana Orange, Mortgage Lifter and Swartze Sarah. Many other heirloom varieties I tried were not worth the
effort. Matt's Wild is a sure enough permaculture plant that consistently re-seeds itself.

In previous years I have enjoyed Earl of Edgecombe, Aussie, Moonglow, Delicious and many others. Brandywine varieties have all disappointed with the
exception of the Platfoot Strain/Brandywine Yellow.
2 years ago
John your help in our quest to grow better food has been much appreciated.