Thursday, May 28, 2009

The First Big Harvest

veggie harvestSo we've been picking strawberries since they went in, but this is the first harvest of our veggies.

The squash and zucchini have really taken off mom has been manually pollinating both plants seeing as even with the addition of some lovely lavender we seem to have one lone bee attracted to our garden.

These were picked last weekend and tomorrow there will be more ready to come off. I'll get more pics of the garden in total then.

It's not the taking of the photos that I can't keep up with it's that they grow faster than I can get the editing done. Sheesh.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Ugh Visitors

So it seems at least one of the "not indoor" cats from our neighborhood has decided to use our lettuce and herb box for its own use.

And of course we just planted a new round of seeds the day before that have now been scratched up and tossed around.

All I can say is ick ick ick. It does make me wonder now if it's not caterpillars eating the lettuce but cats, since they've left one head alone and it's doing great.

So now we've got to construct some form of barrier to keep the kitties out. This has become a big problem in our area due to the foreclosures, people have left their homes and cats as well. New people have moved in and brought yappy little dogs but I have a feeling they're being intimdated by the cats.

I'm going to try the barrier method to keep them out since there isn't any general consensus over solutions except for the hose and ours seem to sneak in at night, we haven't seen any cats yet.

I'll have new pics of the plants up soon, just have to get them off the camera and edited for the site.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Our New Pets or...

How we have been overtaken by the hummingbirds.
Mom decided to try hanging the ole' feeder up to see if any were around.

I don't think any of us expected the turnout.

Due to the size and speediness of the little buggers we have only gotten a real count when they are all near the feeder. So far we know there are at least 4.

And this one here thinks he's the ringleader. Boy is he bossy. He's quite territorial over the feeder which is quite funny when it's empty and we're trying to refill it. I've never really wanted to wear my glasses except when you see one of those coming at your head.

I'll post more pictures and possibly a video after I do a little more research to see if we can't find out exactly what species these are.