Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Edible Hedge and Storm on the Horizon
We didn't get any more rain today but all day long I got to watch this storm front marching towards us from the South. I was looking to see if it was carrying Sandy or Texan on it's winds and maybe they would get dropped lightly somewhere in my neighborhood. Kinda a South to North Wizard of Oz type scenario only no houses falling on anyone's sister and no damned winged monkeys thank you very much.
I finished the garden weeding and mulching this afternoon and I had a bit of company in the form of a very inquisitive young lady who seemed to have a never ending supply of questions. She was spending the day with her grandmother who happens to be a friend of my Moms and they came over to bottle feed the lambs. Somehow the grandmother types ended up chatting on the porch while I got the tag along. She wanted to take the neighbor's dog home with her but her grandma wouldn't let her.
I say neighbor's dog but he hasn't left in over a month and we started feeding him with our other dog that showed up and never left. They used to come by and pick him up every week or so but I guess they finally gave up. Looks like it's our dog now. Get this. We also had another neighbors dog come and stay from the other direction too. A young boxer. We called the number on his collar and they came over the next day and said they were sorry. I told them no worries but I think all the neighbors are starting to think we are dog stealers or something. It's like this old stray that showed up years ago goes out and recruits new packmates or something.
Now that the garden is weeded and mulched and should be relatively maintenance free for a while I have started looking for other things to do while I wait for the ground to dry a bit more.
The edible hedge project is beginning to get a little out of control. In fact several of the trees around the place need a bit of pruning. The only trees I pruned this Winter were the peach and apple trees but I should have cut the hedge back some as well I think.
However the outside branches are all covered in Plums. Hmmmm maybe I can live with the unruly hedge until after the Plums ripen. I am kinda interested if they will turn out to actually be edible or not. Since my son likes unripe and extremely tart fruit I think I will use him as the guinea pig for this experiment.
I had a rabbit attack over night and they ate one of my bean plants down to a nub. This won't do. I have had to dispatch some varmint Cong rabbits in the past so if they are once again raiding the garden they may need to be dealt with in the same old style. Perhaps a claymore set up in that gap I have in the fence? Or maybe the pellet rifle with the overkill nightscope? MMMM I love that over kill nightscope but the 410 has a certain appeal as well.
Normally one innocent bean plant wouldn't be enough to make me bolster the defenses but I only planted about half the beans I usually do. It's still early yet though so maybe I will start a few more beans in small pots tomorrow and fill in the empty spaces. Those rabbits better get to eating other stuff soon though as they don't have a lot of room left before the gloves come off.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!