Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Well the other day our dear friend Rich mowed all the grass out here, or what is usually mowed,
and he noticed catnip growing by the east fence, since no farmers spray near there
as the other side of fence is a pasture of Stanley's. Last time he sprayed, like 3 years ago
or more and burned it too, as some nasty illegal weeds were in that field.
So left alone, and birds seeding things as they poop, it seems the fence row was perfect
for growing catnip in a patch, making Pam & Rich happy, as they had been looking for a
patch of this forever to harvest for their indoor cats. It is blooming right now so at it's peak.
I guess they read up on it. Two years ago they found some seeds for this and planted some
but they are all out of the harvested catnip now, and say they can't get seeds. (?) anyway this is the cheapest way to get some.
So since he did the mowing for free, I was happy the land paid him in catnip. : ) I never walk
over there and James did not pay any attention. And it rained enough.
I have no clue what is growing behind the barn and north of it.
So that was the happy discovery this week.
We have two tiny maple trees growing we hope survive, and one mystery tree somewhat near two very ancient Catalpa trees. Our two pear trees are at least 55 years old and one has a very large hole in the middle of it, and I do not see how it stays alive.
We did have a hard frost at blooming time this spring, so no pears in sight. In town, Rich has a cherry tree and they had a harvest, while fighting off the birds
who like cherries as well. The tree had plastic bags hanging on it, and aluminum pie tins as well. Netting cost money, so not an option. I told him tulle would work from the craft world but they did not try it. I mean someone must have had a wedding with lots of it for free to good home if you would just ask!
What does become of all the wedding fru frus ladies buy?
My lesson today is that the birds plant seeds. And no tilling of the ground.