Picking a Rainbow

The garden is still going strong.  We have veggies piling up faster than we can eat them.  These are some of our tomatoes, sweet peppers, and cucumbers.  The weird, yellow spheres at the bottom are lemon cucumbers.

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Not shown: 20-30 more cucumbers, 2 more bowls of tomatoes, some hot peppers, a handful of beans, a few eggplant, and a solitary zucchini.

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Vegetable Garden: July 2017

I skipped the bales this year.  We were supposed to get the house painted in early May and I wanted the garden as open as possible for the painters.  Unfortunately, frequent, heavy rain pushed the painting back into June and they’re still finishing up.

Inside the Garden

We have: 15 types of tomatoes, Many types of sweet peppers, 2 types of hot peppers, 3 types of eggplant, 2 types of cucumbers, lots of beans, brussels sprouts, some sad broccoli, some herbs, and a couple of artichokes as an experiment.  We will have zucchini and summer squash once the painters are done so I can move the pots back to the deck and use the space where they are currently standing their ladders.

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More Spiders

First a story:

I actually used to be a bit scared of spiders, until I realized I was really just scared of getting bitten by a venomous spider (not that we have many of those around here.)  I started taking photos of them and learning to identify them as a way to overcome my fear.  I still dislike suddenly finding a spider, or any arachnid/insect/bug on me, or finding a spider I can’t identify, but I feel like I have come a long way.

I did happen to get bitten by a spider last year.  It was a big, black, beast of a spider, and it was hiding in the finger of my gardening glove.  The gloves are a little big on me, so I didn’t notice the spider when I put them on.  I planted two blueberry bushes before it got fed up and bit me.  Unfortunately, when I got the glove off, the spider was a bit squashed, so I wasn’t able to definitely identify it (but my money is on a female Hacklemesh Weaver.)  I was able to confirm it wasn’t venomous.  It hurt kind of like a bee sting when it bit me, but the bite never swelled or anything.

In retrospect it wasn’t a terrible experience, and the kids think it’s funny when I stomp on my gloves now before putting them on.

Fast forward to today:

I was out picking raspberries and spotted something interesting.

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