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i left the garden alone for a week. it was far too long. i returned to find inedible and tough green baseball bats that 4 or 5 days ago were zucchini. the goldfinches are still stripping the sunflowers of their seeds and they were striking against the blue gray storm clouds rolling in from the west. there was a refreshing cool breeze and i could detect a hint of autumn on it.
grasshoppers clung to the stalks of the okra. they are gorgeous but destructive and it gave me no pleasure to cut them in half with the pruners. the okra were also too big to taste good but there were a handful of tender pods that should be rolled in cornmeal and fried tonight or blanched and frozen for some fall night when i make my grandmothers gumbo.
the first squashes are over and moldy. i pulled them up. the later plantings are struggling but stilll are setting blooms and giving us golden crooknecks and the light green striped zukes and the darker "black beauties". the lemon cucumbers are not doing well and i dont know if any will fruit. the same story for the cantaloupe.
the watermelons delight me. some are solid green and some are striped. i think the striped ones are "crimson sweet". they have spread far beyond the garden and into the field. they are heavy but still too small to eat.
the sweet potatoes vines are lush and full and curiosity finally got the best of me. i pulled one up and harvested my first root vegetables. how beautiful they were and i kept finding them as i dug. kinda tricky though; how to dig without nicking the flesh with the tool. i couldnt stop smiling as i pulled one after another out and i demanded that V look at each one and proclaim it beautiful. he did so and reminded me that i need to plant much more blueberries and to figure out how we can entice more turtles to live with us.
Easter laid her first egg on wednesday and i found another in her nest box this morning. i love her! what a chicken. what an amazing excellent hen. of course those eggs only cost $649.19
3.50 for easter
17.00 for a 25 lb sack of starter crumbles
17.00 for a 25 lb sack of layena
485.00 for the new chicken coop
12.50 for a big bag of suncoast pine shaving bedding
2.69 jif peanut butter for treats
39.00 for easter's travel case
60.00 in materials for easter's night pen
but the joy of a pet that also happens to be a laying hen? priceless.