It’s time for summer harvests! We’ve been getting decent harvests of squash, tomatoes, Anaheim and Serrano peppers, basil, eggplant, and flowers. The sun has been taking a toll on the plants though, and we are thankful that the monsoons are arriving!
One morning a few weeks ago I turned on the irrigation to the fruit trees and saw a geyser of water coming from one of the lines. Not good. Investigation showed that something had severed the line. I repaired it and all was fine…for a few days. Again, I found the same line severed. I repaired it again. Several days later, I saw a rabbit sitting under the tree where the irrigation had been damaged. Could that be the culprit? Indeed, as I got closer, I could see it was a mother rabbit nursing baby rabbits! She had chewed through the irrigation lines in digging her den. As a nature lover, I was thrilled to witness the miracle of life right there in the garden. However, as a grower, I was horrified at the thought of rabbits multiplying in the garden. Since then, I have not seen the mother, and the babies are no longer in that spot. Hopefully, they have found a suitable spot to relocate!