We’ll start with the positive: I love bringing in the basket full of beautiful produce. Zucchini for kabobs, the last of the lettuce, green beans for my favorite side dishes, and a lovely head of “Graffiti” Cauliflower.
Isn’t the color something? One of the reasons it’s so fun to garden is to be able to grow unusual things like this. This is the only plant that made it this year from the seed planting, though, so I’m glad it’s big. I’ll be able to use it for a number of meals.
Maybe I’ll mix it with the “Cheddar” cauliflower for an eye-popping side dish!
The other news on the garden front isn’t so good:
These are holes made by voles (aka, “field mice”). These happen to be in our yard (I hesitate to use the term “lawn” for this area as you can see!) just outside the garden fence. I counted more than 40 holes in a 5’x15′ area.
I could handle it there, but in the last weeks, they’ve started to go wild in the garden beds:
Here’s the thing: they eat anything! Including root crops! I’ve had to pull up all my carrots and beets after finding some completely gone (all that was left was a few wilting tops) and others half gone or nibbled on. I thought, even if the carrots weren’t done growing, at least I could salvage what was there. They didn’t seem to like the beets, but I pulled them, too.
This bed that they like with the root veggies has about 10 holes. I disrupt them, and they come back.
Ugh. We’ve put one of those ultrasonic solar noise-things, which some people swear by and some don’t. So far, no difference.