What did I say last week, that we were gonna get back to work? Well…we did lots of work this weekend, but not much of it was garden-related. Torrential rains brought forth by Tropical Storm Andrea on Friday turned our backyard into a really, really, really large puddle. Everything in the backyard was completely soaked on Saturday. Today was drier, but the yard still felt like a damp sponge. So, sadly, we didn’t transplant anything. But our tomatoes and peppers are being quite patient. They’re doing okay inside, but we do really need to get them outside in the next week or so.
In the meantime though, things in the garden hardly remained undisturbed. After the rains, we had to re-spray the “squirrel tea,” which meant we had to make another batch, which also meant we had to endure another weekend of the acrid smelling stuff. (Yuck.) I think we mentioned last week that the squirrel tea had to be strained. Well, we should have stressed that it needs to be strained really well, otherwise the stuff can clog even the most tenacious spray bottle. After killing one bottle, we spent this morning straining the latest mixture into a pump sprayer.
By the way, if you’re in the market for a pump sprayer — a cheap pump sprayer — we found this guy at Walmart for under 10 bucks. Not a bad deal.
So after finding three very unwelcome and unwanted squirrels roaming through the beds this morning, we couldn’t get that spray down soon enough! As we surveyed things, thankfully the vast majority of the garden made it through the storm. We may or may not have lost one sunflower to the rain…or possibly a critter. But everything else is doing very well. We’ve been harvesting lettuce for about 2 weeks, and we’ll be harvesting peas (the Dwarf Gray Sugar variety) this week! Till next time, here’s a few more pictures showing how things are progressing.