A wonderful upgrade to the community garden has been successfully implemented! The bed now has sturdy edges and boundaries. So nice to have a project completed in winter…
This gave us incentive to have an informal meeting to cruise through last year’s bounty results and give some rough “thumbs up/down” to various veggies.
There are more “fun” tasks ahead: hauling in more soil to bring the bed up to level; turn over leaf mulch; and start considering a new layout
before we get too involved with what we’ll plant.
A mystery pile under the tarp becomes......
An upgraded community garden bed!
How do I know this? Because he’s already here, but not allowed out until he grows a lot more.
Introducing….Mr. Aspen, a sweet tabby manx. Now aged 18 weeks, he is my “Solstice kitten.”
Mr. Aspen-first day at home-Dec-20-2009; age 12 weeks
He was very small for his age when I adopted him, and it has been a rough month getting him sorted through various plagues that shelter kittens often encounter, but he seems to be fairly stable now, and actively growing. Keeping fingers crossed on his improved digestion.
He and Juniper were actively playing after only a relatively short two weeks of attitude adjustment. Not remembering her own kittenhood, Juniper was perplexed what do around such a wee thing, and had to learn to teach him some manners. But, all seems sorted for now, with her Princess status still intact.
Although a playful little fellow, Aspen is not nearly as spunky or feisty as Juniper was at his age, which is just as well. Of course, he has his moments.
For starts, Juniper feels safer at playing when behind the safety of glass.
Holidays are past; caretaking of people and pets is past; friends are off to the southern hemisphere (Chile) for some summer bicycle touring; and we have rain, rain, drizzle, rain, showers, rain, with tidbits of sun and fog. But, no complaints; my issues with rain don’t happen until late winter. Today it is mild weather and much preferable to freezing rain.
It’s a great time to get caught up on indoor reorganization, sorting, and simplifying; all the stuff I never get to during a gardening season.
Today has been a day to dash outside between showers to do some cleanup of flattened Crocosmia and lily stalks, and admire the weeds that are growing so well. Suet and seed needed replenishing, as little flocks of bushtits, goldfinches, juncos, warblers, starlings, a nuthatch, and a flicker all made their appearances. A couple of days ago a downy woodpecker showed up for the first time (that I know of)! All great entertainment on a grey day.
Am I contemplating the next garden plantings and dreaming with seed catalogs? Not really. Give me another 3 weeks before I’m antsy. I’m still in rest mode. Not that I haven’t already contemplated some new varieties of veggies to try, but that was last fall. Besides, the garden gang will be meeting at the end of the month for an informal tea, to get our ideas flowing.
However, I am contemplating consuming the last tomato of the garden. Yes, there still were ripening tomatoes in December!
Garden tomatoes for a New Year's salad