This weather is really taking its toll on the yard and garden. The lawn is dead (upside = not having to mow).
The garden is suffering, and not just from the heat (106 last week, and definitely in the 80’s and 90’s F since). We are also the target of raccoons and rabbits. Although we were happy to harvest a few heads of broccoli, and the zucchini seems rabbit-proof, we can’t say the same for the kale (all gone) and the rest of the broccoli – so far! I’m worried about the sweet corn, because we (and by we, I mean my husband) caught a raccoon in the rabbit trap yesterday. I know how raccoons love sweet corn! And despite the Elmer Fudd attitude we immediately adopt when we see the garden damage, the trapped animals are LET GO, ok? We’re vegetarians, after all!
I KNOW I shouldn’t complain too much – Wisconsin’s farmers are experiencing total crop loss. For example, the feed-corn is completely stunted. Have you ever seen such pathetic plants?