This is finals week at the college and I have two days of tests, grades and then freedom for five weeks as I am not teaching so I can focus on my compost bin business.
Business has been picking up and I have continued to meet great people who share my love of all things growing.
This afternoon I spent a couple of hours at the junior high garden watering well after the long hot dry weekend. I picked beets, swiss chard, lettuce, green onions and eight very large zucchini squash. My offer for several of the neighbors to pick produce was accepted and again I met more nice people who were very appreciative of the produce.
Yesterday I had to have a come to Jesus with the damn dog as he had dug a big hole next to the chicken pen. I thought we had come to an understanding after our discussion but again I found a freshly dug hole near the pen today. Unless he can pry a door off he will not be able to get to the chickens but he has done quite a bit of damage to the house (chewed door), nest boxes (destroyed shingles) and he has pulled the wire partially off a small door to the pen. I bought a padlock tonight for the pen door and I pounded rebar into the ground in front of the small door to ensure he is not going to get in. At least I hope he can’t get in. He is an escape artist as he routinely gets out of locked pens (without a trace as to how), he can fit through a small sized doggy door and at the groomer’s last week he escaped a locked pen, got past a shut interior door and he exited out the front door before being chased down and caught on a busy street by the groomer. In any event I predict that I will be posting more damn dog stories. Hopefully my sacrificial chickens will be spared.
Back to gardening. I took my first peak into my potato bins and I harvested a couple of decent sized red Pontiac potatoes and a few small new potatoes. It appears I am a little early for potatoes but in the next few weeks they should be bigger.
I took some pictures of shasta daisies and white and pink cone flowers from my front yard. The bees love these flowers.