The end of the corn, and other stories

The end of the corn, and other stories

I put some serious work in this morning, including pulling out the rest of our corn and pruning up way too many acacia suckers and pushy privets, and did some planning ahead for the fall garden. We need to get a rototiller, but there's no use buying one for the short time we have left in this house, so we're cruising craigslist and freecycle for cheap or free used equipment. We want to plow up our whole garden area and plant a *massive* garden next year, rather than just use patches and boxes like we're doing now. There will be a lot of boxes, to keep gophers out, but we want more melon and corn than we've had before. Here are today's pics:

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Originally uploaded by marymactavish.
The end of the corn:
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Dying cherry tree:
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Happy cantaloupe:
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Sick cantaloupe:
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The cantaloupe's weird, it grows and grows then one vine or another just basically dies, like it loses access to water, while those around it thrive. It's not a gopher situation, I think. If the melons are small they ripen then, if they're big, they ripen full-sized. But they do ripen. They just do it as their vine dies. I want to put in a bunch of peas and carrots, but I'll probably only plant in the boxes until we can get the rest of the area tilled. I'm gimpy with rheumatoid arthritis, so there's only so much hoeing and digging and weeding and brush-cutting I can do. (Edited to add: Some research tells me that the cantaloupe probably has fusilarium wilt, and that the best solution is probably to plant melons that aren't prone to it (gallia, watermelon) and try some of the resistant cantaloupe strains and hope they can handle it.)
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