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07:35 am: Choking up
I only had a moderately productive weekend. The weather on Friday was overcast and cool, and I didn't feel like doing any work in the yard, so I mostly stayed inside watching TV and playing on the computer.

Saturday I spent the morning tidying up the front yard. I'm pulling out a couple of the rose bushes that obstruct access to the water faucet. I'll probably replant the spot with a dwarf fruit tree in the fall. In the afternoon I worked on leveling the flagstones under the pergola. I got about halfway done, so I may get that project finished next weekend. It will be nice to get the park bench set up out there so it won't keep cluttering up my living room.

Sad garden news is that the cats had a field day, as it were, and dug holes in several of my raised beds. They went under the squash trellis and dug up most of the root vegetables that were just sprouting. (At least they didn't bother the squash, which would have made me really upset.) On the bright side, I'm starting to get ripening fruits on the strawberries, tomatoes, raspberry, and runner beans.

In the evening, I harvested a bunch of artichokes. I seriously underestimated the productivity of those plants. I expected to get 2-3 artichokes from each one. I didn't realize that after harvesting the large ones, I would get lots of baby artichokes. Now I just have to figure out how to preserve them all. I started by freezing some; I had to make a batch of strawberry jam to empty out enough space in the freezer to add a pint of artichokes. I'm contemplating pickling some in vinegar, which would allow me to store them at room temperature, but I would have to buy more canning jars. Decisions, decisions.

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From:mangaroo
Date:June 25th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Do kitties often attack gardens? Why? Have you made the cats angry?

Also, those are some nice looking artichoke babies!!
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:June 25th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Cats can't resist nice soft dirt. Nature's litterbox!

(And, quite possibly, they are perverse enough to pick the dirt you least want them to dig.)
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:June 25th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Even Monique does this to our garden (my cats are too domesticated to realize dirt = litterbox), though she's at least polite enough to keep to between the rows of plants.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:June 25th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Those are the babies? Wow! The momma artichokes must have been impressive.

When I used to garden (briefly), I just ended up having a lot of food go to waste. It's great that you figure out how to use or preserve yours.
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From:megory
Date:July 14th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Does anyone know if cayenne powder around your plants will discourage cats from digging in your garden? Someone told me it might keep squirrels out, but I don't know for sure.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 15th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I don't know about that, but putting chicken wire flat on the ground has apparently worked well for the beans. I can probably use that method for any crops with thin enough stems to fit through the holes. Other things (like cabbage) will probably need to be caged until they are bigger.
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