Garden trash accumulates. Old, dead branches that are too misshapen to use as fuelwood, fat trunkwood too gnarly to split, rotten with wild fungi and infested borer-beatle, Old planks of untreated wood used as garden benches and now falling to bits. Everything must go!
of Baboons about. The day before yesterday the dogs took off after a
couple of them and disappeared for several hours. It's a big
worry--the dogs can easily be severely injured by the Baboons.
Eventually Keira returned, completely exhausted by her adventure. She
could barely walk up the hill, let alone run from a Baboon turning on
her, and her breathing was extremely ragged from exertion and stress.
We were hoping that this would discourage the Baboons a bit and keep
them at bay for a couple of weeks, but no such luck. One of them was
around a couple of minutes ago. Luckily I was alerted by Scyla and I
could chase him off. If it was just a case of them stealing fruit,
that would be one problem, but
thirty minutes later, having chased off another of the bastards who
has broken a large branch off our 20-year-old Apple Tree, Scyla Dog
has taken off across the farmlands and, by the sounds of things,
chased him up a tree where she will no doubt keep him trapped for
In the twenty years we've been here, we have never had this much trouble with Baboons.
Update 20 min. later: Scyla has returned, thankfully unharmed, from far across the farmland. We have to do something about these thieves -- it's us or them. I am at a loss just what, though...
Love this time of year, despite the pressure to get seeds sown, seedlings transplanted, beds prepared, weeds weeded...
Lime-green Salad Tomatoes. Transplanted into their bed just a couple of days ago. Perfect transplanting weather, followed by a couple of days of light (and much needed) rain means that they've coped with the move perfectly.
Pakistani Maroon Beans are just emerging. They're a pole bean, grown for the dry beans. Suits me well, since I should get a higher yield per area than bush varieties. This is a new variety to me, so we're evaluating the variety as well as growing up a larger seed-supply for next year. Lots of pressure to get more bean varieties planted...
The climbing structure for the Pakistani Maroons. We should have a plant at the bottom of each of the hanging poles. Dog keeps an eye out for greedy moles wanting to eat my beanlings.