I know, it’s been quite awhile since i’ve updated the page.. but .. I ended up having surgery to remove a cyst in my brain may 9th… things are improving, and my sight is actually beginning to get better little bits at a time for the first time in 8 years of it progressively getting worse! so… the garden hasn’t been the first thing on my mind… until recently! but.. things are back to almost normal, and the garden is in full swing!
I didn’t get to plant a second set of carrots or lettuce before surgery,but I was able to get the bush beans, popcorn, peanuts, and peas all in the beds the day before! (may 8th)
there is so much to update on, but for now I’m just going to start from today
Today I harvested a total of 3.5lbs of carrots out of the garden, and after a bout of blossom end rot on my squashes, they finally seem on the right track and I’m getting about 1-2 zucchini every other day. Also, I planted four rows of bush green beans in one of the 4×8 beds and now i’m seeming to get about 1 lb every three days! I have a few more varieties in the garden, but they are still on the small side…a few more weeks for them!
I’ve just now started getting full sized tomatoes in the garden, but since about the first of July I’ve been getting increasingly larger numbers of cherry tomatoes (I find the Super Sweet 100 variety is always a success and the most prolific, not to mention the most reliable in production and plant survival. Can’t wait for more!
And.. last little bit for this post today… The Birds!
I’d been filling up my bird feeders about every other day with about 15lbs of seed each time. I was using just the standard mixed seed from lowes and one day I looked out at the ever increasing flocks of sparrows.. and counted well over 100 birds at the feeders (there are 4) … and they were ALL House sparrows (imported from Europe many many many years ago just like the Starlings) They were bullying out any other birds… So.. I decided to search out what it was that I needed to do to avoid feeding them and get some more native birds at the feeders. First, on my list was a bag of Nyjer thistle seed & a proper feeder for the finches. .. next.. I had no idea… after searching online a bit, I was finding most people that had successfully cut their house sparrow population down had gotten Black oil sunflower seed & Safflower seed. Many also noted that the Pre-shelled seeds are not good & they were finding the birds weren’t eating them. (I too found this)
Mid afternoon I went out to the empty feeders, filled them with my 50/50 mix I had made with safflower and Black oil sunflower seeds and sat down in my chair. I really didn’t expect anything surprising.. I was really expecting there to be no birds at my feeders at all for a few days…. but… To my surprise not 1 hour later I had several finches, nativie sparrows and blue jays at the feeders! That was last week, and the new birds have only increased. I now have seen house finches, purple finches, cowbirds, gold finches, blackbirds, cardinals, and bluejays! (not to mention the pigeons and doves of course) I’m sold! I can watch the house sparrows come to the feeder and fly around looking for food for them, but they always fly away!.. what night and day difference from 100+ sparrows to none!.. and now on the way to the same number of birds, but native song birds!
Oh! I almost forgot to mention, I had my first Garlic Harvest! .. when they say it’s easy to grow,.. they aren’t kidding! I put it in the ground a bit late (november here in St. Louis) and didn’t do a thing to it till the day I pulled it up last week! Now, it’s just sitting out in the sun till it’s completely dry and ready to put in a mesh bag! I ended up with 11 heads of various garlic that was grown from garlic given to me throughout the fall last year, as well as three heads of Elephant “garlic” from one head I got in the fall. so excited to use it!
Well, that’s it for today! Time to go watch the zucchini grow!