It's hard when I have a to-do list but my health doesn't cooperate. Worse that I have no clue what causes these days of debilitating exhaustion.
Happier stuff: the gardens!
The zucchini/pumpkin patch is going strong. The pumpkins closest to the black walnut tree are noticeably smaller, but still growing. There is a row in the middle that seems stunted which is where the runoff from snow melting on the street goes...makes me wonder what's in it.
Actual zucchinis! I deliberately planted loads so I can restock my freezer.
The cucumbers are determined to foil my attempts to get them to climb instead of spreading across the ground.
I wish I could turn the chickens loose the feast on the hundreds (thousands?) of baby grasshoppers around the house and garage.
I found 10 enormous (at least an inch long) tan beetles attacking my new grape vine. I knocked 9 of them into a bucket and dumped it into the rain barrel. One flew away too fast. Cabbage butterfly caterpillars were devouring my potted kale plants. I took the ravaged leaves down to the hens who made quick work of munching them (and the bugs).