Wordless Wednesday

Saying goodbye is never easy, and saying goodbye to our garden is right up there with sadness. We had a great year with the garden with absolutely no deer incidences, no battling any critters, (except a handful of those tomato worms, ew) and I finally had to pull out the plants a few weeks ago to get the garden ready for Winter.

We had a second batch of Romaine Lettuce coming up really nicely, but then we got a few nights of frost hit us, but I had covered up the lettuce to protect them. It worked, and the plants were saved, but then the temperatures dropped dramatically, and although I know that lettuce likes cooler temps, these temps were just too cold for these little plants to survive. I did not have the heart to pull them out of the garden, then it happened…it snowed! The snow covered them all up with only a little piece of Romaine leaf popping up out of the snow.

ROMAINE LETTUCE IN THE SNOW

It is as if the Romaine was waving goodbye to us, as it took its last look around outside. See you next year little Romaine, we miss you already.

Fall Creeping In

Fall has finally crept in upon us and have dropped our temperatures to the point where I need to wear a warmer coat and a hat outside.  (45 degree mornings taking the dogs out to pee, stinks)  Bummer.  My flip flop wearing days are over, and I will be dusting off my winter boots soon.  I already threw my winter coats in the washer over the weekend to clean them up a bit, so I am ready for whatever waits us.  But, the good thing we did see is that our temps for Halloween night are supposed to be around 67, but we’ll see if that happens.  (what we are used to around here are cold winds and damp temps)

I spent a considerable amount of time over the last few days putting our garden to rest, as our gardening season has definitely come to an end.  I even wept today as I was pulling out our last pepper plants.  I miss it already.  I will miss checking in on our plants every day to see how they are doing and what has newly sprouted.  Although it seems that not too long ago we were taking our plants outside from their nice warm environment under the grow lights to their new home in the backyard. Now, months later…the season is over, but it fed our family well.  I thought it was appropriate to have the grim reaper stand over the garden for now.

2013 GARDEN SEASON ENDED

It did not take even a day for the deer to investigate our garden area after I took our garden fence down yesterday.  I woke up today to find deer droppings all around the garden, hoof prints in the garden dirt, and the failed attempts at trying to eat our hibernating strawberry plants.  Thank goodness I covered the strawberry plants with straw and good strong netting so the deer could not get to them.  (phew)

Bella and Nikita always find some interesting things to play with around the house.  Sometimes I wonder if we should not buy them toys to play with, rather just give them a paper towel roll to toss around the house.  They enjoy all the things that they should not have, but what dog doesn’t?  Bella enjoys stealing my packing tape rolls, but when I see her running like a Tasmanian Devil around the house, I know exactly what she has!

BELLA BORROWED THE PACKING TAPE

And here is sweet Nikita having tons of fun with the sturdy roll from the bubble wrap. She carries this all over the house (well, after I take the bird off of it) and she plays keep away from Bella.  This roll is a treasure for her and she loves the heck out of it!  

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