|John holding one of the spent sunflower|
Squash bugs have invaded the acorn squash but then again, I'm not surprised. I've lost all of the plants but three and another one isn't looking all that fantastic. The yellow squash is pretty much spent, I think there might be two plants left out of five that haven't died yet.
The cherry tomatoes are insane. There must be a good 250 tomatoes on that one plant all the time! I've been enjoying them on occasion with some of the fresh basil in scrambled eggs. Speaking of eggs, my brother got his first 10 yesterday. The chickens have been laying now for a couple of weeks and with just me here, the eggs are abundant... and very good to say the least.
|Seeds from the first sunflower.|
|Sunflowers in the chicken garden.|
The germination rate for the bird seed sunflowers was about 1/4. I would have to say that for an experiment, it went better than I expected. I like black oil sunflowers. They aren't as tall as the mammoths but they bloom much earlier and add a bit of whimsy to the chicken garden. Yes, the chickens will get their treat of sunflower seeds. As the rest of the heads are ready, I'll probably cut them off and hang them up for a little chicken pinata fun for my alien flock of chickens.
We will see how the beans, heirloom tomatoes and everything else turns out. I'm cutting bottles today for water funnels to direct all of the water that I will put on the plants directly to the roots. Learned that trick from my mother this year but hadn't done it yet even though I KNOW I should have. I'll walk you through how to do that... next time.
Happy Wednesday my friends!