Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Asparagas and Cats

Yesterday we finished preparing the asparagas bed, and got the crowns planted. I also put out the parsley that's been growing indoors, and just a few of the calendula. It's nice to see a little bit of green out there!

Tim has been working on the steps that will descend alongside our tiers, from the upper level to the lower. It's a tricky job, with different drops between levels and weird angles, but he's getting it done. After at least the landings are completed, we'll work to prepare Tier #4 to plant things like lettuce, endive, spinach, broccoli, kale, some herbs & beneficial flowers. It's the largest tier section.

We've thought about getting a kitten, to keep the mice & rabbits out of the garden, but I'm having second thoughts. It seems silly to get another cat, just because I don't want to risk losing Cubby or Bayou to a coyote. Perhaps I should just realize a cat is a cat...just an animal...and I know Bayou would love to chase mice. Maybe I'll just start letting them go outside, at least during the day. I can bring them in at night. However, I'm also thinking that most mouse activity is a night, so letting them out during the day and in at night will be of little help. Yesterday we opened the door and let them out while we were in the yard. Cubby sniffed around and ate grass. Bayou kept going in and out, taking a few steps further each time. We'll see how it goes, one step at a time.

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