The birds have been to our strawberries so much that yesterday I decided to build a make-shift scarecrow and see if they might be afraid of my daughter's old advertisement tee.
Yesterday we noticed the bhut (naga) jolokia had finally opened its first flowers! Maybe we'll get some real hot chili, too, after all! Sugar peas are blooming too, as are the cucumbers. The zucchinis have a couple peculiar siamese twin fruits.
I believe that the flowers, filled with feta or mozzarella and (deep)fried are almost the best part of the zucchinis. Thursday evening when we had the first four zucchini flowers - courgettes - big enought to eat, we filled them with feta cheese and fried them. So good!
The salad bed (with spring onions at the other end) started out with red clover and all sorts of other weeds taking over the whole area where we planted our rucola, salads and spring onions. While they were small, it was impossiböe to be weeding it, but a week ago I was able to do a major clean-up. The salads and onions loved that deed, and have been growing quite well since! Except for those gaps in the rows - don't know if it's been snails or birds or what, messin' up our salad bed.
|Right side top and middle: a week ago before weeding, bottom: after. left: yesterday after second weeding|
|Eggplant, tomatoes and the medina|
|Basil, oregano, spinach and dill|
|Zucchini, cucumber, peas and beans|
|Dandelions and the lone tulip on our overgrown lawn|