Now, how many days till I can eat the yellow pear heirloom tomato???
In other gardening news…the baby beans and basil are taking a beating due to some nasty snails. I read recently (in another blog) that beer is a kind way to slug the slugs! So, this week I placed 2 shallow bowls in the ground around both basil and beans. I filled them with coor’s light (I’m not certain if slugs have a preference for domestic or foreign beer–anybody know?) This is the result:
I’m somewhat satisfied with the catch–we’ll see how the plants respond to this method. Incidentally, as an added benefit, I read that butterflies like not only beer, but rotting bug carcasses! So, perhaps this will attract butterflies to the garden too–fine by me!
Additionally (since we’re on the garden pest subject), I have claimed 2 victories over the ubiquitous gophers plaguing the hillside. I am an animal lover. Period. However, these devils incarnate have crossed the line and have forced me to purchase and set traps. The only bad thing about the traps is removing the dead bodies–but that’s what husbands (or teenage boy neighbors) are for, right?
I also had an incident with some rats…but I’ll save that for another blog.
Update on the allergies: I went to see Dr. Tubiolo (http://vincenttubiolomd.com/) today. After a lengthy consultation and a skin test, it turns out that I have significant allergies to dogs (uh oh!); dust mites (ick!); oak, sycamore, olive, eucalyptus and acacia trees; yellow dock, russian thistle, and lamb’s quarters…Since all of these trees surround our home and I hike through wild (read weedy) country side, it’s really no surprise that I’m a sneezing, scratching, snotty mess! Oh, and I have a dog!
Finally, the book! Still loving Edgar Sawtelle…
Thanks for all your comments and feedback, readers!
I’d love to hear updates on your gardens, allergies and books…or anything else for that matter!