14 August 2008

While she was at work

Meg and I usually have our schedules set up so we can maximize our home time together, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way and one of us will find ourselves alone at home for a good chunk of time. For me, today was one of those days.

I should have used the time to draft my syllabi for the fast approaching semester, but instead I spent my afternoon in the garden.

My first order of business was to find where a tomato eating groundhog was getting into our garden and plug the hole. When I look at this tomato it reminds me of The Old Man and the Sea. It's a little depressing.

I then spent some time clearing a few exhausted beds for our fall planting. The beds pictured above and below will probably be for greens and carrots.

We're not sure how we're doing on time, but our first frost seems to come later every year, so we're hoping that we'll be able to squeeze in a decent harvest.

Speaking of harvest, while gathering the green beans, I found this soon-to-be-smashed little fella. The beans seem to have caught a second wind. I was ready to give them a pull a week or so ago, but out of nowhere they just started to flower again and completely veg out.

You know when you get in to a picking zone and your eyes and hands just seem to hone in on whatever you've got goin'? Well I was in such a zone and almost picked this guy thinking it was a bean. This year we had a lot of these beauties call our garden home. Now we just need to work on attracting more lady bugs.


Mike said...

Shitty, sucks about the groundhog, that tomato looked awesome.

Bobbi said...

That 3rd pix looks like a freshly covered grave - you haven't been killing people and not telling us, have you? :)

Kelly said...

It does suck, but we're also lucky as well that this was really the only damage done. We've had episodes where an entire bed would get eaten. These tomatoes are delicious. We have no idea what they are. My grandfather gave us the seeds and he just called them "big tomatoes." So, now we call them "Grandpa's mystery big tomatoes." They're probably some variety of beef steak.

The human body makes great compost:) Since are renters, we couldn't see investing the money on planks for our raised beds.