My raspberries are about done for the season. I did learn that the CDs turning and flashing are not the cure all for birds. In fact, in the morning, before the breezes pick up and put the discs to moving, I saw a mockingbird and a robin helping themselves to the fruit. So, yesterday evening, I stopped by Wally-World and found one of the yellow beach balls with eyes that I hung from the overhang on the shed. It does seem to be helping. We'll see.
I stopped in at the Friday version of the produce auction this morning and discovered that I should have paid the $1.50 / pint for black raspberries. Today they were selling for $3.75 to $5.00 per PINT!! No thanks. I am attaching some photos of just a bit of the offerings at the sale today. The Amish do not care for having their photos taken, so out of respect for them, I am showing only the produce and not the big crowd that was there.
|Lots of cauliflower, broccoli, summer squash and other veggies.|
|Beets and Zukes|
|Black raspberries are nearing the end of their season and brought a big price. Home grown onions ('Candy' variety) and cabbage were also on the auction block.|
|Late strawberries, new potatoes (Pontiacs), and some early tomatoes (Mountain Spring, I think)|
|This wall to wall John Deere combine filled up the road.|
Later in the day, Patti and I got to work mulching the garden. Putting down a thick straw mulch in the garden is a habit we got into many years ago. As I recall, I picked up the idea from the old Ruth Stout book, "The No Work Garden". I have been keeping up pretty well with the hoe, and I gave the patch a final once-over for any weeds I'd missed. Patti then put down a layer of newspapers and I followed scattering the thick layer of straw. After the mulching was completed, I even splurged and gave the whole garden a good soaking to help settle the straw--and to give the plants a boost. Now, weeding will be limited to pulling the occasional stray that pops up close to the garden plant. It's much easier than constant hoeing. The mulch does a few things that I like: it keeps weeds down; it helps retain moisture; and it breaks down over the season and is eventually tilled into the garden soil to add to the tilth of the soil.
|First goes a layer of newspapers|
|Straw is put on top of the newspapers|
|Done! In the left, you can see a row of tiny turnips emerging. We were careful to leave them plenty of open space.|