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14 thoughts on “August 8.20: Coping

  1. It’s been an insect and critter world this year. One of my chores this morning is to adios my squash plant. I had four gorgeous winter squash but the rodents decided to take one generous bite out of each one, then disease set in and it’s gone. Ah, the life of a gardener – it’s a tough one. 🙂 Take care, stay well, and I hope you aren’t getting the large dose of humidity that is heading our way. It’s 81% right now, and it’s here to stay for the week. 🙂

    • That’s awful about your squash! Gardening certainly holds its sad moments. What a disappointment! I keep meaning to ask you about those horrid things digging there — are you rid of them yet? Skunks and groundhogs would be among my least favorite things to deal with. As to humidity, I do believe it’s headed back up, so I anticipate a serious case of Gardener’s Droop.

      I hope you too will stay well. I’m still being careful in the extreme.

      • We’re being careful too. It’s our anniversary, and I went and picked up breakfast to go and brought it home. 🙂 The skunks are still here, but I bought my moth balls, and I’m going to start tonight seeing if I can ‘smell’ them out of there. They probably have face coverings and it won’t bother them. 🙂

      • Thank you for the much-needed laugh! I do hope that camera picks up images of skunks in masks! I also hope the moth balls work. Meanwhile, happy anniversary! Breakfast to go sounds lovely.

  2. This is the first year in many that husband didn’t plant vegetables at all, not even tomatoes. I think he’s tired of battling the succession of groundhog generations — and between the catbirds and the robins, I missed the window for harvesting even a handful of black raspberries! I was waiting for perfect ripeness; so were the birds! I can’t help hoping, though, that especially this year, everyone will process/jar/freeze whatever produce has come forth from their gardens. I hope I’m worried for nothing.

    • I too hope you are worried for nothing, but you are right that we should “put by” if we can. I was counting on my tomatoes this year and so have really missed them. I understand, though, how gardeners sometimes just don’t want to wage war with the critters any more. It’s tiring. And it’s so sad about your black raspberries! “Loss” seems to be the word of the year.

  3. Oh dear! I have been wondering this year why caterpillars have so little regard for their host. They are certainly not gardeners.

  4. Butterflies-to-be! I think they’re swallowtails – how wonderful! (Sorry for your parsley though!)

    • Yes! And that is my consolation. In my last house, the swallowtails would make it a point to swoop a thank-you over my head. So I’ll be watching!

  5. Not a bad trade-off at all!

  6. Your poems always make me smile!

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