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This year Bryon put his foot down and said, “No birds in the garage.” We have had to chase away a few persistent would-be nesters who didn’t get the memo. One managed to outwit us, and we don’t have the heart to evict (or snoop) on her.

This little bird managed to build her nest on top of our propane tank. Very secure, and close to food and water. Prime real estate!

This little bird managed to build her nest on top of our propane tank. Very secure, and close to food and water. Prime real estate!

Some of the wood Bryon helped a friend clear away. It will keep us warm this winter.
Some of the wood Bryon helped a friend clear away. It will keep us warm this winter.

The garden in the afternoon sun.

The garden in the afternoon sun.

Fennel transplants, making themselves at home.

Fennel transplants, making themselves at home.

Potatoes. None of these had been planted. Bryon had plowed this area over twice but these appeared from what had been left over after last year's garden.

Potatoes. None of these had been planted. Bryon had tilled this area over twice but these appeared from what had been left over after last year’s garden. He even plucked a bunch and scraped bits and pieces after tilling. 

A four leafed ... peanut plant.  We'll see how it grows.

A four leafed … peanut plant. We’ll see how it grows.

The bugs have been enjoying our artichokes.
The bugs have been enjoying our artichokes.

A look at the damage. I'm hoping that we can salvage a few of the later ones.

A look at the damage. I’m hoping that we can salvage a few of the later ones.

Spinach. Bryon fertilized the garden with horse manure he was given by a neighbor. We aren't sure what the horse was eating, but the spinach and broad-leafed plants don't like it. Bryon has gone back to his classical compost, but we'll have to plant more spinach in the fall. At least we have Asian greens and carrots--they loved the stuff.

Spinach. Bryon fertilized the garden with horse manure he was given by a neighbor. We aren’t sure what the horse was eating, but the spinach and broad-leafed plants don’t like it. Bryon has gone back to his classical compost, but we’ll have to plant more spinach in the fall. At least we have Asian greens, potatoes, and carrots–they loved the stuff.

Red cabbage, providing a bit of shade.

Red cabbage, providing a bit of shade.

A tomato plant, sprouting near carrots. Our garden is quite the wild child this year.

A tomato plant, sprouting near carrots. Our garden is quite the wild child this year.