September 29, 2012 § 2 Comments
Autumn is officially here in Vermont. We had a light frost last night, and now I have to keep an eye on the weather report or I’ll have to say goodbye to my beautiful dahlias. Some are just opening and I’ll have to go out in the early evening with my old sheets to drape them….isn’t it beautiful?
The sunflowers are going gangbusters. I have one that has dozens of blooms and dozens more that won’t make it this year. Sunflowers in every room!
I’ve started cleaning up the garden a little bit, taking out the spent cucumbers and tomato plants. The gourds I planted, only 2 of them, have completely taken over one side of the garden. There are gourds everywhere. I planted them along side the chicken coop too and they’ve covered the fence and grown over into the other side.
When I cut down the comfrey plants, I found a nest with a small fragment of an eggshell still in it. Think it might be a catbird nest but I’m not sure. The nest opening is about 4″ across and the egg is a specked brown. Anyone know? I had a lot of catbirds in and around the garden this year so I’m guessing.
Another nest and little piece of nature…
This small nest, sparrow I think, is lined with dog hair, and the eggshell is from a robin’s nest.
Blue jay feather I found and painted…
So once the garden is cleaned up a bit I’ll let the chickens into it for awhile. Then I have a big project ahead: moving the compost pile and the raspberry patch. Both are too close to the garden and have become a chipmunk den. They were taking bites out of the vegetables all summer and I had no choice but to get the best chipmunk exterminator there is:
My new kitty, Josie. Working good so far!