|Baby beach plum (and weeds) in protective custody.|
As I was out there cutting fence sections early this morning, the deer were hanging along the edges of the property. I walked toward them and they did not behave as wild deer should. They just stood there looking at me. Some serious deer feeding is going on around here, they are not afraid. There are two does that we see regularly, the larger buff colored doe and the reddish doe. We see other deer sometimes, but these two are the regulars.
|One nice flower bud on top, tonight they feast!|
The critter count for this week is pretty high: bunnies, bunnies and more bunnies, one woodchuck (ground hog), two deer (seen repeatedly), crows (trying to steal eggs, but the girls are laying where they are supposed to and the crows are missing out), blue birds, bluejays, cowbirds, a pileated woodpecker, a snake (in the potato patch), cabbage loopers, harlequin beetles, tomato horn worms, skinks, stink bugs, dog ticks, slugs, deer flies and more.
I haven't seen the box turtle yet, he must be hiding from me.
We have had sugar snap peas for dinner almost every night this week, after having some sort of greens every night for the previous two weeks. I spent a couple of mornings blanching and freezing greens, now we have ten meals worth of greens ready to go. Now a few days have elapsed, I should get out there to pick some more (when it cools a bit). I'll probably blanch and freeze some of the peas tonight, so we can have more variety later.
|Blueberries, not ready!|
The mulberries (no work, and they are one of my favorites!) and strawberries are ripe, the blackberries will be ready shortly. The raspberries will be ready on about the same time as last year, late next week!
|Sorry girls, no cabbage loopers this time.|
The girls are laying 3-4 eggs a day. I have been in a bit of a baking frenzy, so we have been keeping up with them.