Two weeks ago my husband and I put in our little vegetable and herb garden. In the desolate wasteland you see in the photo above, we had eggplants, several types of peppers, tomatoes, a couple of squash, and a lovely assortment of herbs. We were so proud. We were watering it lightly a couple of times a day, and eagerly rushing out each morning with our coffee cup in hand to see if things had grown during the night.
Except what was happening is that each day there would be one less plant. Not a nibbled down to a stub plant, but nothing. No sign that a plant had even been there. The veggies were disappearing into thin air. The basil was the first to go, then the cilantro. It was a systematic destruction. Each day there was a plant or two missing.
One early evening, my husband watered the few remaining plants and we went inside to prepare dinner together. We discussed the mystery of what was getting our plants. On a whim, I went back outside while I waited for my pasta water to come to a boil. There in the garden was a round wet circle showing where my husband had watered an eggplant ten minutes before. The wet spot was there, but the eggplant was totally gone.
As I stood there and watched, one of the pepper plants started shaking as if it was having its own private earthquake. It wiggled and thrashed about violently, then was pulled completely down beneath the soil right before my eyes.
It was slow to dawn on us, but yes, gophers were the culprit. They had made a tunnel right below the vegetable garden and for two weeks had been feasting on our produce. Evidently they do not care for thyme, as they have left that. There is also one sad little veggie plant left, and I bet you my next paycheck it will be gone when I get up in the morning. Any of you have any success stories for dealing with gophers? FYI, at this point I am not considering setting a humane trap and transporting them to a new home in the countryside.
So that's my vegetable garden for the summer. Apparently, I have no vegetables. I wonder if the gopher family will move out now that they have eaten everything?
Well, if I can't garden, I can sew.
The Moda BlockHeads block of the week is out. It is a sweet Bow Tie block by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilts. I had to work yesterday, but my plan for today is to get the block put together.
Hope you are all having a great week. I do not have much to show for my time this week, but hey, it is the first day of June and that is something to celebrate!