|If you look closely you can see a woodpecker in the crook of the tree|
My dreams of having a yard that is attractive to birds and butterflies are coming true. I have more birds this year then I've ever had - at least 3 different varieties of woodpeckers, goldfinches, blue jays, a cardinal pair, at least one bluebird, hummingbirds, doves, tufted titmouse (mice?)...there are probably others that I can't think of. Unfortunately I am also having issues with raccoons. They've been into my chickens - have had a couple as a midnight snack. Now they are coming up and messing with my birdfeeders - that is a new issue with me. Thankfully Dipstick is willing to set traps. So far he's caught two coons and at least two cats - the cats are freed with the hope they've learned their lesson. Last night the coon tripped the trap and moved it but was not caught in it. Dipstick will need to weight it down tonight.
|Goldfinch on feeder outside window|
The coneflowers are up in the flowerbeds as are the black-eyed susans. Both are just beginning to come into bloom. Those are slow due to lack of rain. Zinnias, snapdragons and moss roses are also blooming. My brake drum flowerpots are filled with blooming annuals.
|This is just one corner of one raised bed. Irises are in the background here|
It is very very dry this year - crops are stunted. B said this evening that he was glad we did not get a full garden put in. When I water I use 10-15 gallon milk jugs as we don't have a hose that works. Therefore if it's not a new planting or in a pot it does not get watered often.
|Tomatoes in the background, zuchinni in the front|
I did do something different with my tomato plants - I'm excited to see how they turn out. So far I'm really happy with it. S was studying online and find something called a "tomato ring" or a "Japanese tomato ring". Basically it's tomatoes grown off the ground in a ring that is filled with soil and compost. I have 6 tomato plants in mine and while I don't have any fruit on them yet they are growing well. Next year I will put cardboard around the bottom of the ring so that the soil stays in.