Today we finished the irrigation project. Every plant now has an ugly black rubber tube leading to a low-flow drip irrigation end. It will save water and keep me from having to lug the hose from plant to plant. But the manifolds (1 for each bed) looks like an octopus, albeit a 12 legged one, snaking tiny black tentacles throughout the beds.
Yes, we still have intrusions by the monsters raccoons . But they seem to be more random and sometime we go days without seeing any activity from them. I found a way to keep them from eating the pieces of potato I was trying to grow; I started the potatoes in pots and then transplanted them when they got to be about 4″ tall. So far, so good. I’ve done the same with onions, though I may leave those in the pot because it looks kinda cool.
Some of the tomatoes I planted are doing well, and some, eh, not so well. The green beans and snap peas are starting to climb toward their trellis and I think I’m about to have an explosion of zucchini and yellow squash. The eggplants have those lovely purple flowers and who knew the flowers on arugula were so delicate? Note to self; don’t let the arugula flower and find out when to pick the squash blossoms so they can be stuffed and fried.
The other seedlings I started in my “jiffy” pop green house, have not fared so well. The beets, leeks, spinach and chard did not survive the transplant process, especially not after being trampled by what I assume was a fat, 30 lb raccoon. I am debating whether or not to try again with the seeds or if it’s too late.
On a final note, our beloved kitty Nem died a couple of days ago. Her final resting place is in the back yard, under a purple fountain grass, which all cats seem to love.
Today I planted wildflower seeds around her which are supposed to attract butterflies.