A Pollinator-Friendly Garden

This time of year, the gardens are filling in nicely with a mixture of annuals and perennials.  When the summer heat begins to build, I usually devote my garden walks to the early morning or late evening (late evening being my favorite.)  During the day though, these plants provide several species of bees, wasps, flies, and … Read more

Chicken Coop Update and Some Other Stuff

I just realized I haven’t done a chicken coop update in a while. There are some changes coming to the coop, but I wanted to show you how the roof is coming along. Let’s travel back in time to late winter when the coop was being built. I planted the roof in April And here it is … Read more

Hummers and Bummers

The Good News:  Hot weather brings hummingbirds!

Not to sound like Cliff Clavin but did you know that a hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute? That it weighs as much as a penny?  That they also eat small bugs?

It’s also a little known fact that a hummingbird will visit an average of 1,000 flowers per day for nectar.  Yep.  Pretty amazing little birds.

Hummer abode

This is a hummingbird house.  I had never heard of them before.  The cute little old man who sold me this told me his hummingbirds fight to build a nest in this house.  So far, my birds have not given it a second look.  But I liked the looks of it and he was so darn cute.
I can also use it as a Christmas ornament so all is well.
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The Bad News:  The grasshoppers are still abundant and have invited friends and family to join them.
Bronze fennel before grasshoppers                                      Bronze fennel after grasshoppers
Ugly

pretty

Peach tree before grasshoppers                                            Peach tree after grasshoppers
Yucky

Yummy

As my friend says, “It is what it is”.  I can’t undo the damage or control the elements.  I won’t starve.  My children won’t starve.  Everything will be fine…eventually.
 
 
 
 
 
I do feel better knowing that, in my presence, I have a fearless ally.  The protector of the crops. The guardian of the veggies. The defender of all things edible.
 
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Magnum P.I.
Where’s my Ferrari?