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The community garden project is FLOURISHING! Last weekend we weeded and drilled (more later) and watered and shrieked in horror when lo and behold one of our boxes has frakking termites. Imagine you are elbow deep in soil when all of a sudden you realize this: the soil? Is moooooving. You lean in closer because apparently you have horror-movie-like survival instincts (none). And then.. (when I write the screenplay based on my community garden experience, this next scene will have an orchestra of shrieking violins and an extreme close-up) you see hundreds of bulbous, squirmy, moist, transcluscent, white larvae-ish bugs(!) with VISIBLE MANDIBLES. EV-ER-EE-WHERE. A sample taken to the nursery was not met with much concern. Apparently they are after the wood-based mulch and we were assured that they won't hurt the plants. Next question, nursery guy: will yakking my Honey Nut Cheerios all over the place hurt the plants? Let's figure out a way to kill these things dead. Please.
We do have some welcome guests in our garden. Lots and lots of ladybugs. Is there another creature more aptly named? These guys are ever so courteous and by courteous I mean, they keep their chompers to themselves. Thank you, ladies. Please help yourselves to as many of those squiggly things down below as you like. Tea will be served shortly.
Here are some pictures of the progress.
You may notice the squash has taken over. It was decided we needed a fourth box. Lumber was purchased, bags of soil carried, and a drill was yielded to make a cozy little home for the zucchini, so it can raise it's little zucchini babies and then we will EAT THEM UP YUM! Thank you, Jack, for letting each of us have a go at drilling. I want that drill. And in the meantime, yes, my testicles are coming in nicely.
Of course, gardening wouldn't be gardening with a little bit of distraction. We had three canine helpers: Loretta, the pup; Jasmine, the princess; and my little Piper, always playing hall montior to everyone else's activities. It's a dog party, ya'll!! Woot, woot!