I’ve officially harvested my first produce of the season. Some beautiful red Radishes. I only got 6 (the bunnies LOVE them) but they did a great job letting me plant something super early this spring.
In other news, Vector has made a new friend. His most favorite thing is to sit in this open window and let this mockingbird hollar at him for hours. The bird must have a nest nearby but the powerlines are just feet away from the window where Vector is happily sitting in the breeze.
The mockingbird makes quite a racket and Vector seems 100% unfazed by the mockingbird’s attempts to scare him off.
The mockingbird is a pretty little thing with beautiful markings on his tail. Every-time he calls, his tail pops up which is quite charming. I just wish he had some prettier sounds in his repertoire. For the most part it’s Squirrel crying and Grackle caws. I was beautiful church bell chimes and morning dove cooing.
I haven’t caught a good picture of Mr. Mockingbird but a far better photographer than me has this picture up on Wikipedia:
There is a romance around the mockingbird (as well as quite a few literary references) and despite it’s annoying crying, I know Vector is enjoying his new buddy. Although, probably not as much as if he could catch the bugger!
I’ve finally got the rain barrel set up. We cut off the gutters and used a cheap plastic diverter to direct the flow into the barrel. I built a platform out of bricks I had lying around and ran a length of hose under the deck for the overflow.
It turned out so well, I think we’re going to try to build another one for the other side of the house. It’s so nice to be able to divert the overflow a hose-length away from the house and I’ve been using the water for my plants as an added bonus!
Sugar Snap Peas still a bit on the small side. I’m not sure we will get any fruit this year.
I’ve planted some tomatoes already. I’ve got a Roma, an early, and 2 cherries.
I’ve got some radishes ready to be picked.
And we have the cutest bunnies ever. They haven’t seemed to bother the gardens at all. They seem to prefer the clover and violets in the lawn.
The blueberry plants I planted are looking great. They are really filling out well.
Labor Day is next weekend and I’m planning on planting the final plants: Cucumbers, Squash, and Zucchini. I’ve also got a ton of zinnias started that need another week to mature and I’ll toss them in the ground.
Summer is nearly here!
Last weekend we took on the removal of this ugly, falling down, chain link fence. It was a lot of work. There were several tree-weeds growing through the fence that had to be cut down and we ended up having to dig out a bunch of the fence because there were large tree roots growing through the fence, one day we may be able to replace this fence with Skilled Fencing.
Once the fence was out, things really opened up.
You can see the roll of fence in this picture. The scrap metal guys loved us this week.
I also spend some time digging and edging the bed with bricks.
I’ve threw some mulch down and moved some plants over. I’ve got a couple hostas, some forget-me-nots, and some begonias planted. I’ve also moved a pee-gee hydrangea that I’ve had in a pot for a couple years into the bed. I’m planning on a couple more hydrangeas on the sunny side and a bunch of ferns in the shadiest area. I’d also love to add some architectural features. Maybe a bird bath or a small fountain of some sort.
Getting rid of the fence is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and I’m so glad we finally took the time to do it. Now I just need to collect a bunch of plants to fill in my giant new bed. I’m particularly excited about ferns!