2013, and in particular the past couple of weeks, has been pretty rough at our house.
On January 29, Merlin had what we thought
The garden is coming along well. So far the tomatoes and peppers are the early winners. The eggplants just have flowers so far. Actually, the tomatoes started flowering and fruiting so early, that for a while John and I were concerned that the growth of the plants would be stunted.
Yes, those are black tomatoes. The variety is called Indigo Rose. They start out greenish, turn dark purple-black all over, and when they turn bright red on the bottom, they are ripe.
Every year we have tomato plants that just pop-up… “volunteers” from last year’s tomato crop. This year we had an unusual number of volunteer tomato plants – over 20 – so this past weekend I transplanted the largest 10 into containers on the deck and a secondary plot of land next to the deck, moved some of them into the spaces between the tomato cages, and simply weeded out the rest. Eventually there will be no need to buy and plant tomato seedlings… we will simply till the soil, and wait to see what starts growing. Then transplant what we want to keep into the tomato cages and wait to see what varieties we got.
I can’t believe that this used to be a tiny peppermint seedling. Now it is trying to escape from the pot.
Deer and rabbits have always been an issue for us, especially since we live so close to the arboretum. Deer regularly pass through at dusk and before dawn, moving between the arb and where ever it is that they spend the rest of their time. And the rabbits are always there. We put down the stinky deer and rabbit repellent around our garden and grin and bear it and cross our fingers. Lately, however we have been seeing more deer then usual.
The other day I looked up from weeding (in the middle of the afternoon) and there was a tiny fawn – a really bambi-sized little one – standing about 10 feet away, watching me. No mama in sight. He panicked when I stood up, and took off for the back corner of the yard and bounced off of the neighbor’s fence a few times (too tall for him to jump over) before getting turned around and dashing for the street. I saw him several times over several days… always in the daytime, and always alone. I figured that mama was out of the picture for some reason, maybe hit by a car, and I hoped that I wouldn’t see the fawn dead on the side of the road one day while driving through the neighborhood. Turns out that mama is still around… I did see the two of them together finally. It turns out that she easily jumps the backyard fences that are too high for the fawn to get over. I bet that they get separated a lot that way. They sure are cute. And I do like seeing wildlife in the backyard.
I just hope that they stay out of my vegetable garden.