|last year this tree had nine apples on it, this year we've counted about sixty!|
|we regularly find old marbles and bits of broken glassware when we dig up a new area of the yard|
I uploaded the photos above about a week and a half ago, before we had all the tomatoes and peppers in and when the irises were just getting going. now all of those plants are in the ground and the irises have just one or two representatives remaining, having passed the torch onto the peonies and coreopsis and lavender.
it's a good thing I started so many tomatoes and peppers this year. though we didn't initially plant all 47 tomato plants and 32 peppers (honestly how could we? our whole lot is just about .33 acres and well over half of that is the house and garage and driveway, side and front yard...) we have found ourselves plugging in replacements here and there over the past week as several plants (entire plants!) have been taken by little burrowing creatures. we're thinking it is either moles, voles, or chipmunks. or maybe a combination of the three. it turns out not having a feline around to keep those critters in check makes a world of difference (oh Ziggy, you are so missed, in so many ways). and so, 2 brandywines, 2 amish pastes, 3 red marconi sweet peppers, some cabbage, chard, and a parsley plant later...... we got a havahart trap, a sonar mole/vole deterrent, and some castor oil granules that are supposed to keep them away. two days in and it seems that maybe it is making a little bit of a difference. for the first time in a week or so, today there were no plant victims out there.
fingers crossed that those defensive strategies of ours keep the furry ones from claiming many more of our plant babies for themselves.
|kale, chard, broccoli rabe, and collards|
|elderberries in back, blackberries in front~ both spreading nicely|
|tomatillos! or, as I like to call them here in the blight-heavy southeast: 'salsa insurance'|
|Claire's 'big Max' pumpkins|
|this year we added four of these 4' cylinders, two for butternut squash, two for cucumbers|
|flowers! (larkspur, amaranth, tithonia, zinnias)|