One thing about Kip - he is not fussy about his friends. First, he takes up most of Buddy's bed
Then, a few minutes later, Mocha moves in...and Kip thinks that's just swell.
Now if we could only get Moby to join the fun....as a more mature cat, he appears to be above all of this dog-and-cat-get-along business.
It's so nice when the four legged creatures get along! Welcome to our morning...
It doesn't get any better than this - near 70 degrees, deep blue, cloudless sky, and so many trees ablaze with color. And surprisingly, we've not yet had a killing frost - so peppers, eggplant and various flowers grow on. I must start tossing plants, clearing the driveway and cleaning out the garden...but first a walk around with the camera. Some of these sights are well worth sharing!
So, anyone who has been reading my blog and noted my vanishing act during some of Sept/most of Oct may be wondering where I was. Those who know me well realize that the gardening season takes its toll on me - whether it is maintenance, record keeping, or (this year) deep disappointment, burn out typically hits as things wind down in the garden.
I've planted gardens every year since 1980, when Sue and I shared our first garden in New Hampshire. But I have to say that (for tomatoes, anyway), 2010 will go down as a disaster. The one-two punch of endless days over 90 degrees (which prevented tomato fruit set) and humidity-enabled Septoria Leaf Spot disease (which led to very unhealthy plants) was just too much.
It isn't so much off to the drawing board - one year out of 30 isn't a trend, it is a unique event (maybe). Still, next year I will be more thorough in washing my pots with bleach, and try to get things out and growing at least a month earlier. You can't guarantee success, but you can learn as you go along and make changes based on experience.
Here is my driveway as of today - and shows that 2010 wasn't a total disaster. The deer kept away for most of the summer (they did find our sweet peppers a few weeks ago, but we had a good crop before the attack). And the eggplant and hot pepper harvest/yield was just amazing. In fact, yesterday we gave away eggplant to friends, baked some slabs then froze them for a mid-winter eggplant parmesan, and created a wonderful Ratatouille for dinner (many dinners, actually...froze lots of that as well).