There is construction going on at Casa de Harper!
Harper’s Other Dad is trying to grow tomatoes….. again. It was something he enjoyed when we lived in the Midwest but he has been unsuccessful since moving here. It is just too hot. Still, hope springs eternal so he grew three plants in pots and has now transplanted them to the garden.
In an effort to help him and them, last week I built a sun screen over the garden. The fabric manufacturer promises that the temperature below the screen will be as much as 15 degrees cooler. It also seems to keep the ground from drying out so rapidly. Maybe we can get by with only having to water them 2-3 times each day.
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Even more impressive is the tenacious bird determined to nest in a cactus on the patio. The location is very inconvenient. It will be neat to see them hatch and grow but my anticipation of the mess is less than eager. Also, I am not sure how neighborly Mama Bird will be once there are chicks in residence. The nest is about shoulder level and within 5 feet of all the outdoor seating.
When I first noticed the beginnings of construction, I verified the nest was still empty and removed the building materials to a more convenient spot. My hope was she would either build her nest in the new location farther from the patio or, at least, realize her first choice was too near people and find somewhere else. No such luck! After a couple of rounds of avian construction followed by human demolition I started to feel badly about making the poor bird begin construction over & over again. She seems committed to that spot. I guess all we can do it try to be good neighbors. Maybe I’ll name them.