Saw a hummingbird out the office window today, and it reminded me that I bought a feeder months and months ago, and never filled it! I immediately went to get it, made the sugar solution, chilled it, and hung the feeder. The weather was amazing, felt more like October than August. Griff and Reese put on pants and long sleeved shirts and went out with me and Xander to tackle the neglected garden.
The garden is a MESS, covered in weeds, produce unharvested. I almost just said that I should never attempt a garden when I am pregnant or have an infant...except that I still enjoy having it, even then! For one thing, when you don't take care of your garden, you get to see such cool stuff.
For starters, you get an impressive haul. Griff asked me to take a picture of him pretending to eat a carrot. He really did eat it a moment later and pronounced it too bitter (he's right, yuck, bummer). Hopefully the rest will be sweeter. Beets, tomatoes, and squash, too.
The squash are covered with squash bugs, Anasa tristis, which would be annoying if it weren't so fascinating. By turning over a leaf, you can see an enormous number of bugs in various stages of the life cycle - eggs, huge clusters of teeny tiny early nymphal instars, groups of later instars, and the occasional shield-shaped adult. The one pictured is an older nymph. The squash plant is probably doomed, but I don't mind.
I had previously left a few unsuccessful/misshapen radishes in the ground and they grew and grew and grew and put out lovely white and pink flowers, and now have seed pods. When you take better care of a garden, you never get to see stuff like this! The photo to the left of the bug shows the seed pods of the radish plant; it hadn't occurred to me before to wonder how radishes reproduce!