Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Rain is all well and good, but too much of it...
The soil in our garden is very much clay. Even though the area has been gardened for a while and organic amendments have been added, it still is really heavy on the clay. I didn't realize how bad drainage was though. One of the rhubarb plants ended up fully under the water by about an inch in the last rain. It's not looking so good. Luckily the other is at the other end of the garden which didn't flood.

This little fellow came out in the drizzle to help me survey the flood. He came right up to the camera.
He showed up a few months ago. There are a few semi-feral cats who hang around our place. One of the former housemates who still keeps cows and goats on the property has trapped and neutered/spayed them and feeds them. They are all pretty skittish, but this little guy is so friendly that he must have been a pet at some point. He was already neutered too. We suspect someone drove him out to the country and abandoned him. He seems to be getting along well with the other cats and as the most approachable of the cats, he's definitely getting lots of attention. We initially referred to him as Scaredy Cat when he first arrived, but now that he's warmed up to us, the moniker no longer applies, and we're trying out Oliver as a name. Here's a slightly better view of him. Meanwhile the first plants are coming up. I planted an asian greens mix which has a bunch of little sprouts.

The row of bok choy is coming up too. Now if only I could remember what I planted in the other rows...daikon radish, beets and one more thing. I also have a little densely planted plot of carrots and a very unhappy fennel plant in that area.

One more gratuitous Oliver photo:

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