October 9, 2020
For those who have been following my blog you have heard of the trials of my container garden. I grew tomatoes, cilantro, and peppers. While it did produce a crop, I experienced blossom rot on many of my tomatoes and the peppers flourished and then died. I have decided I need to repot the planters with more netting and soil before next year to try and increase production. All I have done so far is remove the dead plants and allow the soil to go dormant. I have also dismantled my big planter box, but I have not rebuilt it yet. It sits as an eyesore on the patio.
While my plants were somewhat of a disappointment (I do still have two melons on the vine), my bird feeders have been doing fine. I have a constant stream of birds helping themselves to the seeds I have put out. It has been interesting to see that after I put up a squirrel feeder with special corn, that I have not seen the squirrels since. I did notice the corn level was going down, but I have also seen cardinals in the feeder.
One of the side effects of putting out the sunflower seed has been overflow. The birds sit in the feeder and throw seed out. This has caused the three containers under the feeder to take root and begin to grow. I am assuming these are sunflowers, as that is the seed above them, but I do not know. I find it ironic that I struggled to get my tomatoes to grow, yet the birds ere able to reseed the containers and they are beginning to flourish. Perhaps I should grow sunflowers in my containers next year.
𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗛𝗧𝗦: Life seems to provide funny twists. While I was trying to keep the squirrels out of the bird feeders, they were a constant pest. Now that I set up a squirrel station they are nowhere to be seen. I struggled to grow plants in my containers to produced fruit. Now that I am ignoring them, they have taken on a life of their own. I used to watch a show called Life After People. The premise was what cities would look like 10, 20, and 50 years after humans were no longer inhabiting them. It reminded me of the jungle overtaking the great civilizations of the Yucatan and South America. While this is an interesting fact, it requires there be no people. I am not sure that is a viable alternative. Perhaps we should try and save our environment and still exist. Change is coming and it starts with you.