my (and my mom’s) birdfeeders

 
 
My bird feeders are a hodgepodge: half falling over, half broken, and more often empty than filled. Today, the birds and squirrels have emptied most of them.     This green feeder is my nicest, even though it’s bent and faded. A spring-loaded perch closes when a large bird or squirrel tries to eat. Only smaller birds can perch and get at the seeds. It’s very nice. Problems I’ve had with it: larger seeds get stuck, accumulate, and clog up the seed opening; it seems that water gets into the…
 

backyard birds

 
 
Not much variety in the winter, but very pretty birds. Maybe I’ll see something special if I keep watching my feeders.
 

frozen

 
 
Well, it has gotten quite cold. 13F outside now. I plugged in the ceramic bulb heater in the chicken coop. I added some extra insulation to my bee hives. We have a bit of snow predicted tomorrow. My husband brought the snow blower up to the garage and put the lawn mower in its spot in the garden shed. I had some time to rake today and used the leaves to tuck in the roses by my vegetable garden arbor and the flower border along the fence. Charley and Suzie…
 

wintery temperatures are coming soon

 
 
Icy cold weather is coming in here this weekend. The ground will be freezing. Time for me to pull the last of my carrots, celeriac, beets, cilantro, and leeks tomorrow morning. I’ll pick some herbs: sage, thyme, and oregano the dry for winter use. I’ll bring my potted rosemary plants in. all my outdoor pots need to be turned on their sides so they don’t crack during the winter. My husband and I have been raking leaves the last couple weeks and I’ve added many back to my berry bushes…
 

a bit of snow on the garden and Charley

 
 
Our first snow. It’s just a dusting and expected to turn to rain soon. I don’t have my winter bed covered yet. Soon. Everything in it is OK with the snow and our 30-32 degree temperature today. But at the end of this week it’s going to get really cold. I’ll cover it before that with both layers. Both have survived fine from last year so I will reuse them: a heavy row cover layer (I double it up) and a layer of green house plastic. Charley has his new…
 

the Persephone begins

 
 
Today marks the beginning of the Persephone in my area. This is the date when Persephone, the vegetation goddess, returns to Hades and causes the earth to become barren and wintry. I guess she stays toasty, but not us. While she’s gone, our plants don’t have enough sunlight to grow. With some cold protection, our plants will hang out and wait for her return when they can grow again. So the Persephone is the time when there’s less than 10 hours of sunlight each day. Most plants need more than…
 

frost predicted

 
 
Right on schedule – Oct 10 – a frost is predicted tonight. I thought it would be late this year, but no, right on time. In the dusk, my husband and I picked all my green tomatoes and peppers, plus a few squash, watermelons, zucchinis, and one eggplant. We covered the beans and lettuce with row covers. It doesn’t seem cold enough for a frost to me, but it’s predicted so we’ll see. My counters are covered with baskets! Peppers are in a trug on the floor. We’ll roast and…
 

a weekend of rain

 
 
It’s raining. All day today and more tomorrow. it rained several days last week too. We are feeling lucky that we got our lawn over seeded, aerated, and limed just in time. We also had a big magnolia tree planted for us in the front yard. The rain is good for both of these. I hope it will fill up our reservoirs. I keep hearing the Mellencamp song in my head “Someday the rains will come, when you expect it least…”. I guess they are here. But I think the…
 

low reservoir

 
 
This is the Cambridge reservoir today. We’ve had a little rain in the past couple days, so there is actually some water in it. At times this summer, it’s been just a trickle. I don’t know how the ducks and fish have survived (if they have). Yes, the big gardening topic here is still the drought.
 
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