A couple weekends ago, Andrew and I went with some friends to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. There's surprisingly a lot to do here including multiple guided tours in the house and around the grounds and we were kept busy trying to fit it all in!
Happy first day of Fall! It's 80 degrees today but some leaves are just starting to change color here in Baltimore and local stores have been stocked with questionable pumpkin flavor combinations for weeks so Fall it must be! Our garden is certainly seeing a bit of a change as we get later into the growing season. Our zucchini, soybeans, and muskmelon are now done but we still have plenty to keep us busy!
In early August, my mom gifted us a beautiful tropical milkweed plant, which has apparently been quite popular with the monarchs. We planted it in our backyard already aware of a couple monarch butterfly eggs on the plant. I spotted our first monarch caterpillar of the year on August 11 and went back to the plant every day afterwards to make sure he was still accounted for.
We harvested our last zucchini in July before a combination of squash vine borers and later squash bugs prevented any healthy new fruits from forming and I took the plants out. Before our zucchini season was cut short, we were able to get about a dozen zucchini and with those, we tested out a few … Continue reading From Garden to Table — Zucchini
Back in Spring, we started with only roma tomato plants (for salsa) but due to furry and feathered pests digging them up, we replaced most of these with donation tomato plants from friends. Now, in our first year of growing tomatoes, we are growing roma, big boy, cherry, and grape tomatoes! Big Boy Having never … Continue reading Garden Progress — Tomatoes
Over the weekend, Andrew and I took my mom on her first visit to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Since Andrew and I had only visited in the winter, this was the first time any of us got to see the fountains and most of the gardens filled with flowers and foliage. As usual, everything … Continue reading Longwood Gardens Visit — Summer Spectacle
In the past few years that we've lived in our current home, Andrew and I have watched rabbits and a groundhog take up residence under our shed in the backyard. Although we didn't like it, we weren't particularly motivated to do anything about it while the damage remained limited to a few small holes under … Continue reading Rabbits in the Garden