We outlasted the zucchini! We have at least fourteen large plants (maybe as many as twenty one total) producing and we’ve eaten every single squash, green or yellow. We like to catch them when they’re medium sized, but a few have hidden and gotten away from us. Even with the monsters, we gobbled them down.
What we do have are tomatoes. One meelion tomatoes. All threatening to ripen at the same moment. We’ve been eating them, but there are still nine in the cabinet right now and several in the garden expecting to be picked.
We discovered we also have a little friend in the garden. I was in picking beans when I saw something dash down the row. It’s like the trash compactor scene from Star Wars. I called out to Jeems that Something was In There. Then we saw him out in the yard. I thought maybe he’d gotten in through the gate (I forgot to close it the other day), but he has at least one hole.
I think he went out by the chard, where he’d been snacking, but I found no passage. The next day he, or another one like him, was back. This time I saw him go out through one of the drainage ditches. I thought we’d sealed them all. We weren’t too concerned as he didn’t seem to be doing any damage.
And then, the horror. I went out to pick and found that he’d eaten all of the leaves off of all of the beans except J’s treasured edamame. I reported this to J and, again, we weren’t too worried since the other beans were pretty much done.
And then, the horror. We went out together the following day. Where once our mighty few beans that bothered to grow had once stood, now there was total devastation. He not only ate all but three individual leaves that the plant grew on a stem about three feet high, he ate Every Single Edamame Pod. Denuded. Barren. A wasteland.
I think Jimmy wanted to cry. After all we went through with these beans. Planting after planting. They were almost ready to pick. I think if I weren’t here, he’d be barbecuing bunny and eating it with his bare hands.
My zinnia flowers are finally blooming. They are all supposed to be giant types, but the flower heads are about the size of a quarter.