Sunday, July 16, 2017

Feathered Pranksters

Have I somehow angered the brassica gods?

Walking through the garden this morning, I noticed damage to two cabbages.  I don't know if it was a magpie or a raven, but it sure did a number on these vegetables.  Of course, rather than go after the three wilted, on-the-verge-of-dying cabbages, it targeted two of the healthiest, crispiest ones.

Little bugger.


Birds (again, magpies or ravens) have also been taking V-shaped bites out of strawberries for the past few week.  After finding several more damaged this morning, we put up CD and tin plate deterrents in the north garden and some of the raised beds.

CDs hung on poles in the north garden.

Not much to show in the way of flowers yet.  Plenty of alyssum blooming, but sadly, not a dahlia in sight.

A few zinnias have begun to open.

Only 1 of the 4 zucchini plants is mature enough to put out flowers.  It appears that one zucchini is growing already, though I don't know how it was pollinated.  The plant has produced two female flowers only.  I thought this was an heirloom variety?!

The apples are starting to show some pink.

My poor pepper plants.  All have remained small and spindly.  They are putting out flowers, though, so maybe they will surprise me by the end of the summer.  This is the first pepper of the season - a tiny sweet banana pepper.

The Early Annie tomato (determinate) plants seem to be doing well.  All were planted in containers along the north fence.

The first sign of flowers on the cucumber plants.

The Painted Pony, Dapple Grey, and Cattle bean (below) plants are all producing flowers.

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