Cantaloupe

Woot. Finally!! Check it:

The reason I planted Dill: to lure Swallowtail caterpillars.
The reason I planted Dill: to lure Swallowtail caterpillars.

My first caterpillar. It’s about time, dude.

Also popular on the dill… aphids. And aphids lure ladybugs. Can you see the zillion ladybugs and ladybug larva cruising through the dill?

The red dots are ladybugs. The black dots are ladybug larva.

The red dots are ladybugs. The black dots are ladybug larva.

Then there’s the cantaloupe. We spotted the first fruit the other day:

A baby cantaloupe!

A baby cantaloupe!

And today I spotted a bunch more in various stages.

A babier cantaloupe!

A babier cantaloupe!

The babiest cantaloupe!

The babiest cantaloupe!

It’s no wonder… the cantaloupe vine has gone nutso. It’s swamping the whole garden.

It's climbed fences on two sides, too.

It's climbed fences on two sides, too.

We also have one remaining squash plant. Squash borers got to the other two (the patty pans) and then there was the one that Dozer crushed. But the one squash plant is doing great.

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Still growing:

Carrots

Carrots

Green beans

Green beans

Corn

Corn

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Watermelon

Watermelon

Every time I go outside, I get hungry.

Peepers is doing much better. His pox are pretty much gone. He’s still got a bit of a respiratory problem, but the antibiotics are taking care of it.

Yummm! A caterpillar! (Not the swallowtail caterpillar!)

Yummm! A caterpillar! (Not the swallowtail caterpillar!)

Ladies? Hello?

Ladies? Hello?

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Weeding

The chicken helped me weed the garden today. It was really quite adorable. I raked, the chick scratched and pecked, and together we got it all taken care of before it got too blazing hot for me. I didn’t think to get any video or pictures, darn it.

Here's the chick grooming itself on my leg. Chicken will jump on any available body part.

Here's the chicken grooming itself on my leg. Chicken loves jumping on people.

Chicken is still escaping, even with a board propped to cover the gap between the kennel door and the kennel side. I panicked a little upon arriving back home from a short outing to discover the chicken missing–this after an entire day of him in the kennel, no problem, and myself thinking the problem was solved–but the panic faded when I heard him chirping and cheeping under our work trailer. I peeked under, and there he was clawing and pecking at the layer of dead leaves. Good eatin’ under there, I guess.

But if I had been gone longer, he might have wandered through the chain link fence and into the neighbor’s yard and I wouldn’t have been able to retrieve him. (And their dog might have decided to eat him; he’s not scared of our dog anymore!) So I’ve really got to figure out how he’s breaking out. Soon.

This is the chicken's coop, a converted dog kennel.

This is the chicken's coop, a converted dog kennel.