Time is really flying by, isn’t it? The first day of Summer is quickly approaching and I am still wondering where our Spring is. We have had more raining dreary days than nice sunny ones, so when you get a day where you feel you can snag an hour or two of good weather – – you act on it. We had to replant more cucumbers since the chippies have attacked them, and now they are starting on the romaine lettuce that is coming up.
That is how we operate around here. Sun comes out, you head outside to get your chores done, and when it rains, it laundry day. LOL I am sure that is probably the case for most of us.
It has been an interesting gardening season already, and we’re surprised that our plants have even got the chance to grow a little with all the rainy days. While it is true that rain does make the garden grow, it also needs some good sunny days to perk up the plants. Our garden, overall, we are very pleased with its progress, but the daily saga of battling with the chippies is endless. Those little **bleep** keep pulling out our seeds, and yanking out the ones who actually manage to emerge through the soil. I feel so bad when we have to replant seeds, but that is what we have to do in order to have plants left in the garden.
We had a nice relaxing weekend, and our neighbor who actually does read my blog (Hi Steve!) and keeps up to date on my craft projects, had dinner with us the other night. I made huge split chicken breasts for each of us that were marinated in Marzetti’s balsamic dressing for hours and seasoned with only oregano and basil and placed in a glass baking dish on top of uncooked white rice. I covered the dish with aluminum foil for at least 40 minutes, then uncovered the chicken for another 10-15 minutes to brown the top. The chicken breasts come out so flavorful and the rice soaks up the balsamic dressing to please your taste buds. I definitely have to take a photograph of this dish to show you how delicious it looks. Just ask Steve and he’ll tell you that he was in Heaven with this dish. And to think that he was just going to eat some leftovers at his house. We were so glad that he joined us for dinner and got to enjoy the dish that he smells in his backyard when I am getting dinner ready. 🙂
About a week ago, we planted lots of Solar Flare Sunflowers in one of our flower beds, and when they started to come up, the chippies nipped them all. Now, that just put my underwear in a bunch that once again, in a different location in our yard, the chippies attacked and demolished our little seedlings. So, thankfully we have more seeds left and we have now started them in little pots under our grow lights in the basement. Once they get big enough, we’ll transplant them outside. Hopefully they will have a chance this time!
Our strawberries are growing like crazy which is hard to believe, because if you remember me mentioning that the deer chowed down each and every one of them when we uncovered them in the spring, but within three weeks, they all came back! Since we have our garden fence up that surrounds the entire garden area, the deer cannot get to the strawberries. But, now that the strawberries are producing nice red ripe strawberries, the birds have been unstoppable in eating them! Geez, if it is not the chippies or the deer, it’s the birds! So, once again, I had to go into action and covered the entire strawberry patch to keep the birds out.
Since I am a huge fan of Pinterest, I looked up ways to rid our yard of chippies. They reported that chippies don’t usually run in a pack or group, rather there is usually one that claims your yard as his own. If you could even catch one, they said to take that chippie at least 7 miles away from your home, because if you just caught it and let it go in a field near your home, it would most definitely find its way back to your yard again. Geez! Hopefully the seven miles is far enough, right? Anyhow, we are trying out one way right now to rid them of our yard, and I will let you know if it works. Since the reports say that there is usually only one in your yard doing all the damage to your garden, we hope that we can rid that one once and for all.
What is bugging you in your garden?