Dear Dee and Mary Ann and Gardening Friends Everywhere,
They have returned! No more peaceful coexistence. No more sitting back and thinking that we have some kind of truce worked out. How could I have trusted them? How could they have betrayed me like that?
I must gird my loins, whatever that means, arm myself for battle. Bring out the plastic spoons and the bottles of Shake-Away repellent.
The rabbits are back…
… and they have eaten to nubs my entire second planting of green beans! Just look at that picture. Well, don’t look too closely because there is some crabgrass there, and that squash in the corner looks half dead because, well, it is half-dead.
It’s been kind of hot around here lately and we haven’t gotten a lot of rain in the past few weeks so the garden looks hot and dry, because it is hot and dry. But I’m still picking tomatoes, peppers, a few pole beans, and some okra.
With a harvest like that, I know that now is not the time to give up on the garden and I won’t just yet. I’ll clean it up, pull out the plants that are no longer producing, weed the raised beds, water it well, and see what I can plant for a fall harvest. Maybe some spinach and late season lettuce? Maybe even try to sneak in a late planting of green beans?
We’ll see. That should keep me busy until cooler weather in September when the garden designer returns with some of the shrubs and other plants planned for the newly dug borders in the backyard. I’ll have to post a separate update on that, as there is a lot to tell, and this letter post is getting a bit long winded.
Plus I must go now and strategize on how to take back the garden from the rabbits, once again.
Until next time,
P.S. For those gardening friends who are interested, I’m giving away a copy of “Monet’s Passion: Ideas, Inspiration & Insights from the Painter’s Gardens by Elizabeth Murray. Deadline to enter by leaving a comment on yesterday’s post is Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 9:00 pm EDT.