Sunday, September 1, 2019


The whoa-man was up, later than usual, the other night and noticed the motion sensor security light at the coop was on. Looking closer she saw them. Not one. Not 2. But, 3 raccoons. Good thing the coop is safe and secure. I'll have to make sure to be diligent and lock up every night. Such a pain. But, a necessary pain. I've already learned that lesson too well, in the past.

With the old woman, next door passing on, perhaps someone will purchase her house and clean the pigpen up; removing the wildlife from our midst.

The only good thing having raccoons visit is, they clean up the left-over maters and food scraps the chickens don't/won't eat. Risky but, there it is. Strange they never touched the garden this year. (now that I've said it, watch my cantaloupes disappear.)

I have yet to see them but, have noticed the security light come on. The garden blocks a lot of the area. With winter coming on there will be some clear paths out that way so, I can see.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

So Long, Chatty

On a normal day I watch and take a head count of the chickens. For some reason, I skipped or overlooked it on that day. All day I hadn't thought about it nor did I venture out with treats or garden check. Not even a trip to the shop. It had been extremely hot the past couple of days.

Must have been late afternoon when I was in the chicken area. I smelled something. Something dead. Not unusual with the jungle and the shed of wildlife that lives on the other side of the fence. Using my keen sense of smell I pinned the smell down to the coop. I opened the big door and there she was. Face planted into the bedding. As if she had fallen from the roost overnight, perhaps breaking her neck?

I chalk it up to heat and old age. Her age was unknown by the owner when I purchased her. If I were to guess, at least 5. But, it's uncertain.

I'm down to 2 birds now. When they're gone, I'm done for awhile.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Beuller! A Chicken Close Up

Out with the chickens today. Feeding them a little cantaloupe. A 5 minute video trimmed down to one 8 second shot. Reminded me of Ferris Beuller.

"you still here? Go home, it's over."

Chicken Close Up

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Vine Borer Up Close and Personal

The dreaded vine borer that I've been dealing with for years. I opened up a plant and caught one on camera. Destructive larvae that kills the plant.
The chickens loved it.

The Squash Vine Borer

Friday, August 9, 2019

Tater Experiment and a Few More Pics

Remember my tater experiment this year? It did better than I thought. After 100 degree temps and lack of my care. (no water) I got a harvest. A while back I pulled the plants and poked around a bit. Never found anything. Today I walked by and thought I saw a rock. When I picked it up, it was a tater. Well! I dug around the area and came up with a dozen. Mostly, fingerlings but, a couple good sized. Who knew? Don't give up the ship. Or taters. 

Cantaloupe is doing well.
Most of the summer garden is done and tilled. 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Okra Running Out of our Ears!

I planted okra this year, again. Only 3 plants because it's a gift that keeps on giving. The more you harvest the more the plant produces.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday Morning Chores

Not only Sunday but, everyday chores.

The heat wave has moved on, for now. Was in the 100s with a feel like 110 plus humidity into the upper 70s. Made you feel like you wet yourself after only a few minutes. Mayhaps, those days are over for the rest of the year.

Made another short video of chores I do everyday. Chickens and harvesting from the garden. Within the next few days, I intend on planting some lemon squash, broccoli, kale and tom thumb head lettuce. That should do it for a Fall garden.

Here's the video if you dare...