I've now completed packing and shipping plants out to friends, family and Dwarf project participants - which is a great relief! In fact, the remaining seedlings aren't looking so good, so I'll probably keep things alive for another week at the most. I also spent a few hours removing diseased lower foliage from the tomatoes (nothing too serious), as well as tying up all of the indeterminate tomatoes with my ever-present ball of twine. The tomatoes are growing very quickly....and there is fruit setting everywhere.
Ah...the birds! It's pretty clear that there's been a lot of hatching going on. Whether it is the chickadee family - with the young sitting in our cherry tree and calling for food from their parents....the not-yet-fully colored cardinals, the red bellied woodpeckers (we've had hatch-lings on the suet with a fully grey head, clearly indicative of youngsters), the constantly talkative House Finches (who always nest in our front porch ferns), or the sounds of the baby Bluebirds chirping whenever mom or dad comes to the birdhouse with food - there are far worse things to do than spend an hour just listening to and watching the birds. And I've not yet mentioned the brown thrashers, occasional noisy blue jay, brown headed nuthatch, chipping sparrows, or hummingbirds. It's always like Grand Central Station at our feeders and in our yard in general - and for that we are very fortunate.
Next garden tasks....decide if anything needs a dash of dilute Sevin or Daconil (critters or disease), start weeding the parts of the big garden that are showing unwanted green, mow the lawn and use clippings to mulch the rest of the pots. And it seems to be about time for a good, detailed video update!