Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Winter time is here again

Nine PM, and I'm in a rain jacket and gloves with a headlamp under my hood wrangling wet plastic over the garden, because the weatherpeople were right for once and it's sleeting. I'm not actually worried about the temperature so much, but I'm now on my second set of beet and lettuce seedlings, and the third set of spinach, and I figure they can use all the help they can get.

As you may recall from my last post, lo those many weeks ago, something mysterious had decided to chew on every new plant in the garden. I suspected insects and disbelieved my rodent-phobic wife's accusations against the squirrels. But that was before I caught one of the furry bastards in the act of jumping into the Swiss Chard box.

I released the Kraken on him ...

But he was too fast. (The Kraken, by the way, has honed her hunting skills since the departure of her mentor, and has already upped her career body count by one.)

The squirrels still don't seem to get the message though, which is why I had to institute some food security measures.

The chard has been netted.

The beets are on lockdown.

Lettuce dreams of freedom.

And the spinach is awaiting due process.

I think operation "garden-tanamo" has been a success, as everything is putting on new growth and not getting eaten to the ground. However, I worry that all the setbacks may not bode well for my fourth-season gardening. With the sleet currently falling outside and first freeze looming, these leafy greens have missed out on some prime cool sunny fall days.

And, hard as it is to believe, we're about a month away from tomato seed-starting time! I might be pursuing a different approach on that front this year though.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does your blog have to do with billionaires? Nothing it seems.

Stupid name.

December 18, 2008 12:27 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

OK, I'm writing you out of my will.

December 18, 2008 1:03 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

I don't want to be cruel but the Kracken looks a little short legged to catch very many squirrels. A good pellet gun would put you into some fried squirrel a whole lot faster than shorty there.

December 22, 2008 11:28 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...


You're probably right about that, but she makes up for it with hustle.

I may have to revisit the pellet gun solution if we don't get any lettuce this year.

December 23, 2008 5:30 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

garden-tanamo... I am totally stealing that for my own use... thank you

March 11, 2009 10:36 PM  

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