|Ducks in the pond they are now banned from!|
I am putting in pictures of five goldfinches at my pond (which is now fenced because six duck swimming in it requires daily cleaning and I don't have 35 gallons of water to use daily to keep the pond clean), deer flaked out in my yard, a swift fox we caught in a live trap (and released) and photos of the dust storms. It's shades of the dust bowl returning and now there are fires burning in the mountains. We are definitely back in a drought.
|Deer relaxing under my bedroom window!|
|Wind and dust|
The garden is doing well. I put Miracle Grow garden soil in my rows and my greenhouse, which seems to help. Watering is a challenge--winds of 35 mph just suck all the moisture out of the ground. This year I am using a hoe and scissors (you may laugh, it's okay! I just cannot pull weeds due to hand damage and scissors work well!) with no powered cultivator other than a Black and Decker 18 volt cultivator. This works somewhat, but the tines are like egg beaters and really don't kill weeds very well. It does fluff soil so the water sinks in better, which is good.
That's it for now--the wind has come back up to 25 mph and I have to move the water in the garden. The wind has been brutal and continues to be so.
|Swift fox in a trap|
|Nighthawk on my driveway fence|