Good news – my squash have not (yet) been visited by the dreaded borer and are growing rampaciously.
So I have a new pest to respond to and I have set a live trap with some enticing carrots to try catch the rabbit. A more tedious, though inevitable response will be to better secure the growing area and the fence which surrounds it. Here is a welcome visitor.
My most productive bed which is just 4ft by 4ft and was an afterthought, in addition to pumping out tomatoes and cucumbers and kale and chard is now sporting a new squash plant.
I have a few pepper plants.
And am pleased some holy basil (I planted two varieties) is growing well.
I was preparing a raised bed for a seeding of radish and beets and noticed the soil looked drained of its vigor. Forking a bit deeper I was not surprised to find invading roots. I traced them to their entry point and from the outside I chopped the roots and then inserted a few left over pieces of cement siding. This should stop the roots for a while.
Finally, the 4 chicks which hatched last week were getting frustrated in their lamp heated chamber, so I screwed 4 old windows together to make a square on the grass in the shade, and placed them and their water and food inside and covered the top with wire mesh. At first they were terrified by the big circling chicken giants but then settle down and enjoyed themselves until the rain showers ended their first outdoor adventure.