|Walking Stick Insect|
The possums went on a rampage while I was gone and spent their time feasting on cat food and knocking over and digging through my numerous potted plants on the deck. I am seriously annoyed with them. I had planted hazelnuts and English walnuts to grow some seedlings. They have systematically dug up all the nuts and eaten them. They also dug up avocado and mango pits as well. Just my luck, possums with healthy tastes.
The melon is a cantaloupe that came up "volunteer" where last years compost pile was. There is a small peach tree seedling and a tomato or two coming up from the compost as well.
The garlic crop is drying on a screen in the shade in the garden. I planted two different kinds of garlic last year. Some regular size cloves and some elephant garlic. They have both done pretty well. I am interested in seeing if they taste different after being grown in the same soil.
|Harvested Garlic Drying on Screen|
I was able to put the first section of old fencing around the plums last night. I watered them well in hopes of of another fresh growth of leaves (see previous blog posts). I really want those little trees to grow. They look so pathetic without leaves and with many of their twigs nibbled off. I saw two fawns nearby today. I am sure we will have a bumper crop of deer if nothing else.
Gardening and agricultural motifs are the most frequently used in the Bible.
It was the most common type of knowledge back in the day. On rereading my post I see it's wisdom there. Some of gardening is like Ecclesiastes, coming to terms with the futility of our own efforts and the need to accept that many things are beyond out control. The volunteer part reminds me of the lilies of the field and also how one plants and another waters, but "God gives the increase".