Not a lot happening garden-wise (or outside at all) over this past weekend. We've been having on and off rain showers which have been good for both the dusty garden soil and surrounding forests. Our fire danger is down this morning to "Moderate." Always good to see the readings go in that direction.
We had frost both Friday and Saturday mornings. Close to it yesterday, but a few degrees warmer. (Can 35 degrees be "warmer?")
Our water fowl don't seem to mind the chilly, gray weather at all.
The adult geese and ducks love to take cleansing baths in the pond.
We've been happy to see a pair of wild Mallards on the pond for the past few days, too. Here's hoping Mama Mallard will nest and raise a brood of ducklings in the weeds nearby. You have to look closely to see her to the left of Mr. Mallard in this (fuzzy) picture. Such good camouflage!
The goslings continue to grow by leaps and bounds. I think it's kinda picturesque that after stuffing their bellies on lush, green grass, they prefer to take rest periods on the mulch underneath the apple trees. (Yes, we now have goslings being rotated in moveable fencing on our front lawn. You wouldn't believe the amount of "fertilizer" they're applying to the lawn. We may not be able to walk out there without muck boots for months. And at the rate they're eating the grass and being frequently moved, we might not have to do any lawn mowing this whole summer! Who needs sheep [we were actually contemplating that] when you've got four eager-eater, growing goslings?)
This day started out sunny, but now is gray and gloomy again. Temp is only 47 degrees . . . but that's better than 37, right? I have weeding that still wants to be done around the new dwarf fruit trees, but don't know if it will be too wet out there today or not.
Papa Pea is putting the finishing touches on another old cold frame that needed some help and support. When that's done, I'm thinking of setting out my started cauliflower plants under it.
They are healthy and certainly look big enough to go out . . . with a little protection for a while yet.
Fall Garden 2017
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