|A few days ago, one of my furry children (not the one pictured above) came inside meowing. She had straw stuck to her face and a lizard in her mouth. I caught it in a jar and placed it outside for my chickens to eat. Usually, Elizabeth eats lizards. But not this time. She saw it as a threat to her babies and decided to instead beat the snot out of it.
See kids, this is how it's done.
Today the cat caught another lizard. I let this one go where Elizabeth couldn't get it. I don't mind her eating the lizards, but killing them for no reason isn't okay.
Over the last week, I emptied the finished worm compost into the bed where the strawberries were and divided the compost pile between the former strawberry patch and another part of the garden. Then I let the chickens in to finish killing the strawberry plants and have a go at the worms and sow bugs in the compost:
Since my post two weeks ago, the sunflowers have gotten taller and are on the brink of blooming:
The beans have started climbing the sunflowers:
Beans climbing sunflowers
There are tons of green tomatoes on the vines and even more flowers:
The corn is ridiculously tall, and I had to tie it all together to keep it from lodging (falling over):
And the squash bed looks like a bunch of leaves, until you peak below them, where you will find a zillion melons:
There were a few cucumbers, but you can't see them anymore because I ate them. I did not realize until after I took these photos that there's more growing on the vine.
Here's what became of the potatoes:
Red, white, and blue taters, tossed with rosemary, sea salt, and extra virgin olive oil. Then I roasted them.
I've got a huge bowl of potatoes in the fridge, and my late maturing variety, German Butterball, is still growing in the garden. Those are my favorites to eat. My plan for these early varieties is to get the little ones I harvested to sprout over the next few months and then to plant them around September so I get a second crop.
And then there's Elizabeth with her incredibly cute babies. Six out of seven are still alive:
Elizabeth, sitting on all six of them.
A teeny tiny Jersey Giant. The kids named him or her June but I think the name should've been Jay.
"Mom, can we hide under here?"
Cute little Easter Egger peaking out.