I haven't seen a coyote since my last post, so I am starting to relax my vigil. Was it scary me running up the hill yelling with my pack and my brave goat Bella? Or was it the unmistakable "marking of the territory" by Jack? Or did it just get smart and decide to leave the crazy lady's chickens alone? Unknown. I love a mystery.
Hen proof lettuce bed :)
Last weekend was a good one for gardening. I watered like mad on Sunday, because everything was thirsty. Then Sunday evening we had a noisy thunderstorm and it rained nearly all night. It was GREAT! I pruned and chopped weeds and planted some cabbages and peas. I cleaned out my greenhouse and reorganized, then I filled two flats with herb cuttings. I spent five minutes lamenting the failure of my pumpkin plants this cold, wet spring, but vowed to plant EXTRA next year. We are still enjoying our excellent green beans from the first row, and the second row is already trying to bloom! I have decided to try and save some bean seeds for next spring, I'll let you know how that goes. The tomatoes are EXCELLENT this year. My favorites are German Queen and Pink Brandywine. The German Queen is a solid beef steak type with hardly any seeds.
Both have rich, old fashioned flavor.
I am considering expanding my veggie beds. You know what that means? I would be taking out several established beds of ornamentals. I like to transplant, and usually have good success if I wait until the fall. I will definately need to fence it with hen proof fencing :)
I have to figure out a better choice for my garden paths, though. The gravel is pretty but it requires too much maintenance! Thinking about a new scarecrow, it is almost that time....
...FiddleSong Farm is anticipating autumn....