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JoeK

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August first over at a friends where we installed a nice, very similar, hugel this year. ~20ft long +-. There's 30ft inside the fence, but at least 6 ft open space where I'm standing to take this photo, plus a couple more on the far side.
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August 6  the original Bed is filling right in, and volunteer sunflowers, multiheaded variety, starting to compete for space with the yarrow. planted sunnies along the fence are probably about as tall as me already, that tomato sure is.

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In the lower bed my best patch of beets alongside squash, borage, nasturtiums. Turnips did great this year, and the lower terrace keeping pace.
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JoeK

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Out back the Vates Kale set seed amongst the abundant arugula and some alfalfa.
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August 11th I undertook some fungal cultivation on the shady north side of the house. Plug spawn of Lions mane, shitake, turkey tail and oyster went into logs of maple and ash I got from a local  tree removal. Hoping to see them "fruit" this coming year.
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Just a couple days later I made a great discovery under the lilac bushes on the corner. ID'd about a dozen of these shaggy parasols.  Consulted numerous sources and also took a spore print to make sure before I sampled'em. delicious and humongous!
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Over at my buddies place on Aug 16th. Purple bush beans and speckled Pole beans both did great alongside the squash and sunflowers. Most of the seedpods there are pak choi. I think in addition to crowding it may have bolted so fast cause of the heat. Probably best early in spring and fall during coooler weather. Things were going so well we decided to clean up some more woody "waste" piles around the yard and make a couple more mounds.
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Greens, as mentioned, thrive when you get the C:N ratio right in a new bed.
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JoeK

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Back at home on Aug. 17th I enjoyed a colorful snack with tomatos, basil, cilantro, borage and nasturtium flowers from the front yard. Squash on the lower terrace is a variety from the lakota tribe that did well for me. Had to put up extra stakes (12'ers!) around the tomato as it was clearly more than a match for the 6ft wire cage its shrouding.
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I love it when the entire meal comes right out of the garden. Lots of rain in August led to more of the parasols fruiting.
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August 26th and the sunflowers are finally blooming, so are bachelors buttons, and more that I can't name... Black eyed susans perhaps?
second photo is "rostov" variety, one of the most successful out of many I tried out.
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~9 days growth on the squash suggests it is happy. [smile]
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