Monday, October 22, 2012

Volunteers

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Apparently, I picked up some kind of digestive ailment whilst in Tennessee.  This past week has been somewhat un-fun.




This weekend, I tried to get the vegetable garden in some kind of order.  I wanted to get things organized before the autumn rains arrived.

I pulled out all the purple kale and the cabbage.  Our hooligan hens pretty much destroyed any chance that Robb or I would eat a bit of cabbage.  And when I pulled the cabbage up, and give it to them?

Yeah, they ignored it.

Silly pullets.  Maybe they'd already eaten all the tasty bits. Goodness knows, there wasn't much left of those cabbages.




This past summer's garden hasn't been the most focused effort.  The snails ruined so many of our plants.  Oddly, we had some of our best successes from volunteer crops.  Since I developed my massive allergy to food in the nightshade family, I haven't planted any of these crops.  But I did let a few compost-volunteers take hold in the garden.  Robb has been enjoying the offspring of our sungold tomatoes.  And this weekend, I pulled up our opportunistic potato plant.  I'd never actually grown potatoes (being an apartment dweller for most of my life), so I was weirdly delighted by our tiny taters.




Weirdly delightful pretty much sums up life, around these parts.

If you're looking for more garden delights, saunter on over to Daphne's blog, for the weekly round-up of blogged harvests.

12 comments:

Dianna said...

Great update Lisa!!! Thanks for including a snapshot of your chickens and the cats! What was happening in the picture with those two cats?

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

What are the cats doing?

They're experiencing a bit of a Feline Traffic Jam. Either that, or Cardigan (the lower cat) thinks Sleeves is cheating at Twister.

Seriously, Sleeves is trying to step over Cardigan, while Cardigan yawns in an undignified manner.

Michelle said...

I love your photograph of the barn. And you seem to be able to get the good shots of the cats too. My bunch is so uncooperative when the camera points their way.

Mias Trädgård said...

Haha, isn´t that typical! When they can´t have it they want it and when they get it they won´t eat it! Fun pictures! Have a nice week! :) Mia

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

"Good shots" of the backyard ferals tend to be pretty embarrassing! This is why I rarely photograph humans.

Kate said...

Potatoes are always delightful. A few days ago I dug up the potato bed for the third time and got a very nice basket of potatoes. Then yesterday I dug some more to add some compost. I got even more potatoes that time. I'm starting to think that potato bed is bottomless.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

I'm seriously tempted to try a bite of these potatoes, even though I'm allergic. They're rather magical.

Shawn Ann said...

volunteers often seem to do better. Wonder if since they were able to make it through winter and any of last years diseases they just become more resistant! Lovely pics.

Jody said...

Hey thanks for stopping by our blog and commenting! We're the giant sweet potato blog.

You're cabbage was lucky, our chickens got to several of our plants before they ever had a chance!

K said...

You were in Tennessee?! It would have been fun to have met you. Perhaps if you ever return, maybe a letterboxing jaunt or bird watching?
I'm sorry to hear about your digestive ailments! Alas, there is something going around.
-Kayt

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

I was in Henderson County, officiating friends' wedding. I knew I wouldn't have a moment of free time, so I didn't look up the Letterboxing community.

K said...

Busy indeed! Maybe another time.

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