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Butternut hill

Forest gardenThe butternuts have taken to the forest garden like ducks to water.  The first photo shows the north side of the brush pile and the second shows the south side --- the butternuts have gone all the way up one side and down the other!

Butternut squash

If the plants weren't already starting to ripen their fruits and die back for fall, I might worry about our naughy butternuts taking over the world.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Comment by Faith T Thu Aug 9 10:07:48 2012
Faith --- But tastier!
Comment by anna Thu Aug 9 16:13:31 2012
I posted on a different post that woodchucks were getting on my garden... My brother gave me a lot of dried garlic. (we like fresh) so I sprinkled some around the squash and the woodchucks wont eat those, just the ones i didn't see to cover up. Yay!! To prevent this next year I will plant them under the kitchen window. As there is a creek that is kinda deep and divides my yard 25/75 split. Most of the garden is on the big side, away from the house.
Comment by Irma Thu Aug 9 20:22:55 2012
If somethng is going to take over the world, I would rather have buternut squash than many other things that want to take over the world. At least it would provide food for people!!!
Comment by Sheila Thu Aug 9 21:17:40 2012

Irma --- Glad to hear the garlic is doing the trick! Don't forget to reapply after rains.

Sheila --- Very true.... :-)

Comment by anna Fri Aug 10 13:46:20 2012

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