Week 14: Gopher & Gargoyle

Today was a happy day – first, after a month of chasing the gophers that are murdering our carrot patch, I finally managed to catch one of the little monsters! This clan has super deep tunnels, and they backfill their exposed entrances with an impressive tenacity.

Widget is always excited to get the dead gopher to go bury elsewhere. Minus the tail, which we keep for the $3 bounty.

But now I’ve got their number – and this morning I got my arms caked in dirt past the elbows to set three more traps, for the presumed survivors still roaming beneath the carrots.

traps set a;most 2 feet down

In other farm news – a missing hen named Gargoyle was spotted today, days after we wrote her off as a predator loss … she was hiding in the woods on a big pile of eggs. … it’s kind of late for new chicks, but it’s hard to just take them away … we’ll see what happens.

Rabbi Gargoyle 2 years ago, doing her gargoyle thing

She’s our only blue-egg layer, and she’s really odd-looking (Neighbor Marcia calls her The Rabbi, we dubbed her Gargoyle) – so it would be nifty to add some of her genetics to our flock’s future.

the hot season stuff is fading – but the fall salad mix is coming in!

And, of course – it’s gone from simmering heat and humidity to lows in the 40s and 30s and even a threat of frost tomorrow night! Ack. I know it’ll warm up again, but this cold snap is going to leave a mark on the remnants of the hot-weather crops. We will be deploying row covers and making strange sacrifices to the old green gods of gardening, and limbering up the ol’ “que sera, sera” muscles.

Inside Box 14

You could make a mean bowl of Pho this week. And it’s perfect weather for it! Lots of summer crops are making their final appearances this week, cherish them in this fleeting moment.

Most of you have been members during past years when the eggplants were incredibly abundant … well, not this year! These were the final scraggly little eggplants. Not sure why they didn’t produce this year, but regardless, there are NO eggplants in the box. :)
  • Garlic -a fellow SCF market vendor had way too many small garlic heads so they gifted these to us – and since the vole’s destructive tunneling made us opt out of planting our own this year, we figured we should share the bounty with y’all.
  • Bok Choi – would be pretty dang good chopped up and sauteed with your garlic. Or in a soup? It’s soup season.
  • Beets – Borscht? SOUP SEASON.
  • Zucchini – the final zukes of the season!
  • Cucumbers – and the last of the cukes of 2020!
  • Onions
  • Sweet Peppers – another Final Installment for the year
  • Shishito Peppers – these aren’t usually spicy, but for whatever reason, most of these are. Sear ’til blistered and eat as usual, if you like spicy. If not, use them as a component in another dish to spread that spice around.
  • Tomatoes – the last of the season! Aaaaaagh too soon
a last hurrah
  • Cherry Tomatoes – oh my it might even be the final cherry tomatoes. What a week of transition!
  • Thai Basil – salvaged before the murderous cold descends.
  • Micro-Greens (Radish, Kale, Red Cabbage, or Amaranth)

2 thoughts on “Week 14: Gopher & Gargoyle”

  1. Very interested to hear how borage is supposed to be pronounced because it definitely rhymes with porridge in my mind!

    1. Agree. I was mocked by a helper for saying it that way a few years ago … she claimed “boar-AGHE” … but I think I was right!

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