We’ve put in three raised beds in our front yard this summer. Each one 4′x 8′, and one foot deep. They’ve worked really well as far as keeping weeds out. We’re growing peas, beans, radishes, eggplants, zucchini, dill, lavender, rosemary, tomatoes, basil, onions, carrots, swiss chard, and chili peppers (tabasco and jalapeño). Owen loves to work in the garden.
The raised beds make it very easy for him to stand and harvest radishes. Fortunately they were ready to be harvested. He also deadheaded some live heads on the marigolds. Here is some of his handiwork, which became a radish tart later that same day, and his breakfast the following morning.
The “Ichiban” Japanese eggplant is coming along.
Hopefully my chili peppers will be coming along as well when we get back from two weeks on the road…
In addition to having a pretty sweet name, "skypunches" are pretty crazy meteorological phenomena where ice crystals form at very high altitudes, above the cirro-cumulo-stratus cloud level, and then fall downward, punching a hole in the clouds and causing the crazy vortex-of-doom image shown below. via +MaheiFoliaki:
The first two shots are about a minute apart. They’re 60 second exposures (it takes another 60 seconds to empty the buffer onto the card). If you download them and toggle back and forth you can get an idea of the movement of the auroral structures over time. You can also see the big dipper moving.
We had zero yard in Dover. So, it was difficult to attract many birds near enough for observation. I did put up one of those suction-cup-mounted window feeders. A purple finch stopped by for a snack pretty rapidly. However, our cats took to jumping at the window whenever he landed. So Mr. purple finch never stayed at the feeder for long. A wind storm knocked that feeder down, and an eccentric (most people would say crazy) man who kept the streets clean took it away before I could get it the next morning. It was nice of the eccentric man to clean our streets, anyway.
I was pretty excited to have a yard so the cats and I could watch birds from far enough away to not scare them off. I figured it would take a couple days for some avian visitors to find my new feeder. So, I was pleasantly surprised when half a dozen goldfinches swooped in not ten minutes after I’d hung the feeder.
I like how one is hanging out sideways here:
This female landing on the cord is pretty cool too:
Narration by Beth (she didn’t know I was recording a movie ^_^).