The garden is overflowing with beautiful fruits, herbs and veggies! Not being able to keep up with harvesting and processing is such a beautiful problem to have! Plus, the chickens and ducks are over the moon excited about all of the wonderful produce they are eating daily! In fact, I told Wifey that I am going to create a bumper sticker that states:
“My animals eat better than most children!”
Here is a peek at the magical happenings, in the gardens, at Indigo Acres…
I feel like a busy bee…what a beautiful problem to have!
As many of you know, I have a passion for Mother Nature and all of her creatures. Although, I must admit, I do enjoy some more than others. For insistence, I find the tobacco hornworm completely adorable…in any garden but mine! He has such a sweet little face and brilliant color, but he will clear a tomato plant in seconds!
August is the magical month when these very large and in charge caterpillars move in to our vegetable garden. This worm, filled with neon green juices, is one of the largest caterpillars found in North America.
All tobacco hornworms are marked with a prominent red horn on their bums.
More than 120 species occur in North America, but only two (the tobacco hornworm and tomato hornworm) are considered serious pests. Although these two pests appear very similar, they can easily be differentiated. The tobacco hornworm has 7 diagonal white stripes along the sides of the body, where as the tomato hornworm has a series of v-shaped white markings along the sides of the body. I am blessed to have the tobacco hornworm and his family, residing among the tomatoes! (grumble-grumble)
Here is a little live hornworm action…
I know there are more family members in the garden, hiding and feasting! I wish them a lovely time and a full belly, until I find them!
What a beautiful and productive weekend at Indigo Acres! After I cross off items on our “Adventure List” (aka, To-Do-List), it is always so nice to step back and take in everything that was accomplished. What a wonderful feeling the sense of accomplishment brings! And, that crazy productivity seems to continue to follow me yet today! Before noon, I completed barn chores, groomed Ophe, (the 130lb Newfie https://growingself.blog/2017/04/25/our-gentle-giant/) and trimmed the hooves of four goats. What does this really mean? I wrestled with five 100lb+ beasts and WON! Continue reading “Weekend Adventures”→
Borage is my all time favorite annual herb to grow! It is not only stunningly blue, with a mild cucumber taste, but it is my yearly gift to the bees. I can get lost in the moment, while daydreaming among the borage plants, observing and photographing the bees at work…