Otter, do I look fat in this sweater?
No Annie, but your ear looks wrong side out.
Today in the garden: I went to Wal*Mart to buy ten bags of composted steer manure to spread over the garden beds. They only had twelve bags left, three of which were broken open, so Mr. H and I loaded the nine good bags onto the wagon. When we got to check out, I asked if they'd give me their last three bags at a discount, and I got them for 60 cents apiece! I also bought a bale of sphagnum peat moss for the blueberries and rhododendrons. I like to put a mixture of peat and manure on them in the fall, something I hadn't done for a few years, and they are looking a bit sickly. I normally get about a gallon of blueberries from my two small bushes. This year I got a cup. The manure and peat got stacked in the garage by Mr. H, but it will be up to me to get it to the back yard and into the gardens. I really wanted to get some chopped leaves over the tops of the beds before I add the manure, but the trees are still green, no leaves are falling. I've asked my neighbor to save their bagged leaves for me and just toss them over the fence so I can use them next year.
I picked the last of the green peppers and pulled that plant. The peppers are small, but I doubt they'd grow any more in this cool weather. The spinach and lettuce are loving the cold, though. I picked a good sized container of each.
I was extra diligent about washing the spinach after finding this guy on the underside of one of the leaves.