Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jungle Garden

I discovered this tiny nest in the middle of one of my tomato plants. It's kinda hard to see in this pic. My tomato plants have all intertwined so I was looking at a pretty green tomato. Just to the right and farther back and sitting on top of a cluster of red cherry tomaoes is this nest.So what does it mean when a nest has one speckled egg and four plane jane ones? Momma been messin around?

After a run in with a rattle snake I gave up gardening for about 5 years. I reached in to pick a tomato that was close to the ground and WHAP I felt something slap my hand. I yanked it back and then I heard the rattle. If you've ever heard that eerie sound, you'll never forget it. I was lucky and didn't get bit, but it scared me enough to not have any interest in a garden for a long time.

This year I decided it was time for another garden, so I fenced it in planted everything in slightly raised beds. I was getting worried because it looked so skimpy when I planted it. And then it seemed like overnight, WHAM, I had a jungle. I take a cane with me to poke and shake the plants to scare off any snakes. I have learned my lesson. I've really enjoyed it, especially eating the fresh veggies.

I planted some of those giant sunflower from a packet of seeds. Man they are tall, at least 8 feet or so. Sadly they are about done blooming, but I have enjoyed them. I haven't measured them but the flowers are huge!


Charla (SHar-la) said...

Oh, wow! It looks awesome! The comment about the eggs cracked me up! And I really am curious about why there is one different colored egg?!

You are constantly amazing me with your skills! I wish you lived with me or at least next door!!

sara's art house said...

LOVE the sunflowers!!!!

bec4 said...

It looks wonderful--what fun to have a nest in the tomatoes.

Girly Stuff said...

You definitely have a green thumb! That South Texas sun can be a blessing and a curse I'm sure!

Glad you have a poking stick now. Sounds like a close call.