Is this baby bunny a garden terrorist?

Is this baby bunny a garden terrorist?

This would be hilarious if it were happening to someone else's garden, but, it is my garden. Baby bunnies were living in the garden and I was trying to encourage them to leave. How do you trap bunnies in a garden, what can you use as bait? What is the movie that has a subplot where a gardener is trying to find how a rabbit is getting thru the fence and is going crazy because he cannot find what to fix only to find the rabbit now lives in the garden? ...continue reading

First Beans, Last Beets

First Beans, Last Beets

The first beans, and the last beets. There are two big trellises of beans, last year they did real good, this year looks to be even better.

The beets were a disappointment, planted about 20 square feet, but rabbits got in the garden, and rabbits like beets.  Rabbits also like cabbages, no cabbages for the humans this year.  In a separate post I will detail my battle against the bunnies.

The Secrets to Growing Tulips

38287568_627de6ca20_zTulips can be one of the easiest flowers to grow in your garden, yet still among the most beautiful.  They produce large extravagant flowers in early spring and then they spend the rest of the year expanding underground.  Tulips are some of the first flowers to appear during the spring, so they are often used to give your house a sudden splash of color.  ...continue reading

Orchids That Look Like Birds

Bird Head OrchidOrchids have the amazing ability to produce flowers that look like creatures in their habitat.  They use this technique to attract pollinators and to blend into the surroundings.  You can find Orchids that look like monkeys, donkeys, egrets, doves, bees, and flies.  With over 20,000 recognized Orchid species, you can find an Orchid that resembles just about anything.

Each one of these Orchids are native to different areas and are very specific to what they require.  There are Orchids living on every continent, in almost every climate you can think of.  They each have specific requirements from temperature and light, to humidity and elevation.

The following four unique Orchids are popular because they look like birds.  There are others like them, but these are the best examples.  ...continue reading

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Fennel, Artichoke & Pineapple on the grill

Fennel, Artichoke & Pineapple on the grill

First Fennel & Artichoke this year shown on the grill in this pic with some pineapple. The first pepper last week went to the omelet too quick to get a pic.

I think a chipmunk has been eating the cabbage. The cabbage was big, but I got greedy and wanted to let it get bigger while we went away for a weekend at the Black Sheep Inn in the Finger Lakes to go to the Watkins Glen Wine Fest. We got home and the head of cabbage was destroyed and I saw a little fat rodent scurrying in the garden. Not a rat, too big for a mouse or vole, brown so not a baby rabbit. Damn! It has been eating the beets also, double Damn! Oh well, I'll leave the damaged cabbage for it to eat so it leaves the fennel alone, I hope.