I’ve been so swamped this week, readying for Farmer’s Market opening, meetings up the wazoo and trying to ready my new garden and get my seeds into the ground. Mother Nature hasn’t been as co-operative as I would have liked, but I shouldn’t complain because at least it isn’t any of that white stuff!
So I’ve been a bit crabby with good reason. Last Spring I had to replace almost an entire lawn due to grubs.. these gawd awful looking things that take over lawns once they arrive and set up housekeeping. Grubs on their own aren’t so much the problem, but apparently they are a spring delicacy for the CROWS! In a little over an hour these pesty blackbirds will rototill your lawn absolutely free of charge, taking with them most of the luscious green turf along with them. : ( ugh ugh! leaving your yard looking like a crew of golfing hackers had practiced their strokes leaving quite the array of divits and overturned lawn! Not a pretty sight! Now the kind gentleman at the garden shoppe told me last year, once my new grass came in, to treat the sod with an anti-grub formula, which we did. However unless all your abutting neighbors do the same, you were tossing out dollar bills to the wind. More ugh ugh!
So now in addition to seven hours of cleanup at the new gardens, I’ve had to rework the lawn to see if I can possibly salvage what’s left before the feeding frenzy begins again. I tell you.. I was only gone two hours to come home and find this unsightly mess!
As if this wasn’t enough, I went to the garden plots Monday to find my newly planted neat little rows of cabbages totally decapitatated! More ugh ugh! I’m told.. oh yeah, the crows love to dive on cabbage patches and feast on the young seedlings. Well heck, they never devoured my cabbage in NH gardens! It must be just these Maine birds LOL :+) I’ve always been in the habit of planting ‘extra’ just for the crows but never have I really had a reason for doing so.. just an old farmers tale that many of us New Englanders abide by. I even have this old sign hanging with these senitments.. I just never seriously took it literally.
Well the finishing touch this week was two days of pouring rains.. a nice light steady rain would have been perfect to germinate all the new seeds I had sown, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case : ( It’s a good thing I love gardening so much, because between the weather and the dang crows this week I was almost ready to throw in my shovel!
But then today I was able to catch up on my mails and visiting my favorite blog haunts to find that I have won an award!! I had to read it twice and had to laugh to myself upon reading it. How appropo to be receiving this award.. this week of all times!
Thank you so much Lonnie & Maggie Mae! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.. nor the message this award sends. Your thoughts are very inspiring indeed, Lonnie and I am very appreciative of this special award.
This black bird has seen beauty from angles most of us can only imagine.
We all live on this rollercoaster of life with it’s down times and it’s up times and I think that it’s one form of beauty or another that always pulls us back up the hill from our low points in life. Whether it’s a song, or a written or spoken word, or a painting or photo, or maybe even just a thought there are things in life that inspire us.
From now on I will remember that blackbird’s view whenever I am in the garden. When you stop and think about it, he really has the best angle of us all. Now if I can only keep him out of my veggie garden :+)