Some years are just like this, I guess….
Flowers left to brown.
Not a lot of TLC in the garden.
Early on this spring, right after the gardening contest, the rats consumed just about everything in our garden. That’s when I gave up. Thankfully, some zinnias still managed to smile at us this summer. The herbs thrived, as usual. My one tomato plant provided 2 tomatoes for us, and a zillion for the rats. Now the chickens are enjoying the plant and a few huge hornworms I found on it for them.
We never did manage to plant sunflowers, and this was the scarcest garden season, yet. But, I will say that made the clean-up that much easier. And, we found a few friends like the dragonfly and praying mantis. (I don’t consider hornworms to be friends.)
It is now a season of rest for the garden. I may try a few fall items, or I may just load it with herbs, which seem to like my garden. There is always next spring, and we are considering an owl box to attract the owls I have seen in the neighborhood to eat our rats. Did you know owls consume up to 16 rats a night? That’d be so great… I’ll keep you updated!