These are the stragglers I collected from the garden this morning. The warm weather we had last week turned these peppers nice and red. There’s about a dozen left outside, green as can be. I think I might have to embrace their greenness as the temperature is turning cold. Cabbage and kale are still growing, rather worm-bitten in places. Next year I will call it quits with Lancinato kale and stick with the curly green. The little green worms aren’t interested in the curly green but can’t seem to get their fill of Lancinato.
My fifteen year battle of the moles continues! I won’t kill them but I have been trying to drive them off. The gardens are already starting to furrow with tunnels, the ground sinking beneath them. The front gardens are plagued the worst. There have been years where by April, it is as barren as a sandpit, the roots of bushes, perennials and grass chewed to bits. It’s a vicious cycle of grubs- moles-voles. I’ve invested in milky spore, planted castor beans, poured natural concoctions of all sorts down their holes , all to no avail. This year I’m willing to grant them the grass area as I will be participating in the “Grow Food not Lawns” movement but I have a new strategy for my garden beds. Frittilaria. I’ve read that they can have a great impact on mole problems. They supposedly are driven away by the stink of these bulbs. As I’m writing this, I have the bulbs out and my kitchen smells awfully skunky, a good testimony for the effectiveness of my plan, hopefully.