A Garden Report and Nest Building

My garden is largely planted now for summer. All but the really late things–those being peppers and eggplant–are in.


My eggplant seedlings are latecomers. I thought they weren’t coming up! I will keep them indoors until temperatures are reliably warm. Their tomato companions are now in the garden!

I have okra planted in back, marigold seeds planted between the okra and where the eggplant will go; two varieties of pole beans in the enclosure, cucumber plants, several varieties of zucchini and summer squash; tomatoes from seedlings I grew; beets, if the rabbit doesn’t get them; carrots; broccoli raab; radishes, and several varieties of lettuce.


A couple of you mentioned my African violet when it last featured with a single bloom. It goes crazy like this twice a year and it’s been keeping the seedlings company along with Sansevieria hahnii.

In fact this week I am in fresh lettuce and spinach, so salad days.  Along with some baby carrots and radishes, I’m set for some light meals.


This picture is from last week; the lettuces and spinach were larger. They are yummy!

I also have two kinds of kale, chard, cutting celery, and celery planted, but I put those seeds in a couple weeks ago. Things seem to be growing and sprouting, and if predictions are true, I will need to get out more summery clothes and get to the garden to water more often this week.


Someone wanted to see the Aquilegia in bloom–it was spectacular this week, but I keep forgetting to pack up my camera when I go to the garden.

I’ve been in my kitchen off and on this weekend and noticed a crow out the window.  I think they’re lovely birds (if they aren’t ripping into my trash).


Resting between tugs at vine tendrils…

This one is obviously trying to build a nest. It grabs the vine tendrils and tugs and tugs, trying to detach them.


Here it has a beak full and is tugging at an attached tendril.

I’ve almost gone outside a few times to snip a few off for it, but that would be interfering with nature, wouldn’t it?


I’m pretty sure the nest will get be built in due course, vine tendrils or not!

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39 Responses to A Garden Report and Nest Building

  1. Sylvie G says:

    It is nice to be able to follow the seasons through one’s menu, isn’t it! Enjoy your light meals!For me it is all about celery soup at the moment 🙂

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  2. Maria says:

    There are countless of times I’ve meant to ‘help’ nature out, like you with the crow. Aquilegia in bloom seems to be so delightful.

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  3. tonytomeo says:

    OKRA! It always seems that everyone else gets to enjoy their gardens more than I do. I do not grow okra because no one else likes it. I have not grown it in many years. It was not very good anyway. I battered and fried what came early, and pickled a few pints of what came late. Production slowed down significantly later in the season. I do not know why. It does not matter if I never grow it again.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      That’s too bad! It needs heat and humidity. I plant grow of it so I have enough. I like it rolled in cornmeal and fried or cooked with tomatoes and a bit of vinegar, or added to other sautéed vegetables. But lots of people don’t like it. Last year, the rabbit kept eating the plants, so I didn’t get any. This year, I’m keeping them veered until they’re big.

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  4. Well done, well done, Lisa. Aquilegia, greens, nest-building crow and all!


  5. It doesn’t seem to take very long for you to be able to enjoy the fruits of your garden labours Lisa and you are able to grow such a variety in your little plot too! It must be so wonderful to know that at some point your entire meal will be from your garden – I should love to be able to do that! I’ve never had much luck with African violets – they bloom beautifully once and that is it. I kept one for about six or seven years once and it got bigger and bigger but still made no more flowers after the initial bloom. You must have a special connection with them! Loved to see the crow and the vine, great pics!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks, Pauline! That African violet came to this apartment with me. I think it’s more than 30 years old. And the little sansevieras are a gift I got as a child (or descendants of that plant, which puts off little shoots. I do hope I can eat a lot from the garden this year. My grocery bills are nuts.

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  6. marymanlan says:

    Wish I have enough sun for vegetables – most envious. Interfering with nature – isn’t that what gardening’s all about?

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  7. KerryCan says:

    You won’t need to go to the grocery store at all! What bounty you grow . . .

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Right now, it’s just good intentions! I hope it all turns out well and I’m punching down the grocery bill. It’s nice being out there now, even if my allergies are bonkers. Warmth this week, finally. I hope you get some too!


  8. Congratulations on your hard work. You are way ahead of us now. No sign of our aquilegias. 6 degrees here today!


  9. Laurie Graves says:

    Lovely blooms, beautiful crow. Enjoy those greens.


  10. Your garden is well under way, Lisa. Everything you’re growing looks terrific, inside and out.


  11. Lovely garden update — and beautiful flowers!

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  12. Boomdeeadda says:

    It’s like a jungle out your window 😀 Did you know, Crows visit other birds nests and leave their own eggs. That mama bird sits on the foriegn egg, unaware it was left by a crow. When it hatches, the baby crow is much larger than the swallow, sparrow, etc and gets most of the food. Usually at the expense of her own chicks. They are one of many ‘parasite’ birds. Why waste your time raising babies when you can be stealing french fries off the plates of outdoor resturaunts. They’re rather diabolical really. Can you tell, I’m not their biggest fan? LOL xk


    • arlingwoman says:

      Crows keep their children until they’re teenagers and adopt other crow children if the parents die. I think you have them mixed up with cowbirds, the males of which, sort of look like crows. Of course, I’m sure they have their drawbacks! Eating carrion and garbage is one!

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