I finally have my screened porch back! We moved the two kittens outside to join the other outdoor kitties. The are loving it. They about destroyed my porch, tore loose a corner of the screening, left hair all over the cushions....to say nothing of the daily litter pan chore. I enjoyed my morning coffee there for the first time in a long while.
I can't remember where I left off last so will just tell you what comes to mind.
First of all, I was very pleased with myself that I was able to go out each morning and begin trying to get the weeds under control. Max and I both had 2 week summer colds that really hit us hard. I only did what was absolutely required (none of it outside). The strawberry bed and the compost area were wall to wall (or fence to fence) with 4 foot tall crabgrass and lamb's quarter and the odd red-root pigweed. It required a grubbing hoe and then yanking out the huge clumps. I got it done after about three days.
This is the compost area before weeding:
The small hoop is covered with another favorite pole bean, Trail of Tears.
The east end where I planted eggplant was almost as bad. I hadn't seen the eggplants in days.....got them cleaned up. I have tiny fruit setting. Every bug in the universe seems to love the foliage of them.
Tied up the very promising row of tomatoes. Varmints (ground hog) got all the pears again. Next will be the apple tree as soon as it reaches their peak of sweetness. I didn't plant sweet corn this year but finally caught the nearby truck farm for their harvest and got 4 dozen beautiful, delicious ears for the freezer.
I finally got the blasted Stihl trimmer going and did the east front ditch and the area abound the well house.
Max is still on a soft foods diet which means no bread unless it is softened with
broth or a gravy of some sort. After trying 'store' bread again, I decided I would still make my own even if it just for me.
This one is whole wheat (actually half and half).
Some flowers are still blooming well: zinnias (all self-seeded), garden phlox and old fashioned petunias. These petunias are my favorites. I hope they will re-seed and stay with me for several years as they usually do.
And one last cow picture (they were in the lot west of the house laying in the early morning shade: