My Fall garden has taken a beating though. Tomatoes are few and far between, most of them either split or rotten. The row of green beans I planted almost a month ago rotted in the mud without a single sprout. The top row of zucchini started blooming out and even started teeny-tiny zuke babies, but then all turned brown and just rotted away. At least one rotten watermelon. The second row of zukes and yellow squash are fairing a bit better, but not much. My acorn squash are doing so-so and my butternut are doing better, but I've already found two rotted baby butternuts. Sensing a common theme here?
|That squishy, gray mass was going to be a watermelon.|
I'm not sure if I'll plant right away or if I should wait another day or two in order for the soil (ha, soil, more like rocks) to dry out a bit. I'll put more green beans where the never-sprouted ones were, rip out the waterlogged squash & re-plant those hills and maybe even get around to putting in some beets and garlic in the front raised beds. That is, after I put up some sort of fence or screen as Charlie and the chickens use it as their bed or dusting area.
I also started weeding out my berry garden. Talk about The Lost World:
|There are sweet banana peppers in that greenery, really.|
I'm starting to reclaim my berry garden, slowly but surely. And the newly-weeded areas are going to be covered with several layers of paper feed sacks or cardboard. Maybe I'll plant something in there, maybe not. I was hoping some cabbage, but I think I'll have to take care of the long-eared varmint I just saw last night inside the garden fence before I attempt to put anything in there. Oh, and did you know that rabbit eyes shine red in the dark? Makes it much easier to determine if it's something I want to shoot at. Cat & dog eyes shine yellow/green/blue. Oh, and whip-or-will's eyes shine red also. Just a little nocturnal trivia for ya.