It is mid-November as I write this. Many of the gardens that I work in are a ways south of where I live, and they are experiencing a strange, elongated season of warm and wonderful weather. In fact it is so pronounced that at one client’s home the daffodil bulbs are confused and sprouting: 7-8″ at last visit. Oak trees still have their leaves.
Up here in the North Country, we are also experiencing nice, warm weather, but we have had one or two killing frosts. (At least in my little mountain town we have.) So as I discuss the big garden I worked in this summer in my home locale, it is all sleeping now.
“The ranch,” is how my friends know the property up here, with so many different types of beds. It consists of 21 acres at the top of a big hill, and in the foothills of the Adirondack mountains. Wildlife is abundant here, and needs to be a consideration in planting.
We planted a lovely fruit tree orchard: apple trees, pear trees, and one cherry. Deer are prolific in this area, and abundant on this property so we took careful measures to ensure the trees leaf safety, or the deer may have eaten all the sweet leaves, starving the tree of chlorophyl. The method we utilized was a simple egg and water mixture, sprayed on the leaves every 3 weeks. Apparently the odor of the eggs reminds the deer of the scent they produce themselves as adrenaline, and rather than eat they run away. It worked all season, except for on the cherry tree, which was overlooked in the spraying.
We planted a vegetable garden with tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, squash, eggplant, kale, swiss chard, peppers, watermelon and Celery. We used a little fence as a wildlife barrier. There was so much rain this year that watering was necessary only intermittenly.