After Dinner

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We're having an early summer, I think. Today it's raining, but the weekend was busy with outside things. The garden is almost entirely planted. My back yard container plants seem happier than ever. It's been neither too hot nor too cold; it's been just right. Friends visiting, late nights, food carts, pinball, bike ride, tomato planting, piano recital, fabric shopping, neighborhood potluck, eclispse watching. And something ate all of leaves off of about a third of my beet plants. It doesn't look like insect or slug; it looks like . . . something with teeth or beak? They went from one plant to the next plant, to the next plant in the row. Cafeteria style. Losers!

Today I'm trying to get organized. I've cut everything for the new quilt but the house is kind of trashed so I think I have some chores to do first. Getting kind of a slow start today. But it will be good to spend some time inside, I think. I've got some projects to show you.


Angela B says: May 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

It looks and sounds like you had a lovely weekend! I am looking forward to seeing your projects. Thanks for all the loveliness!

One at a time sounds like a bunny to me. I've never had deer bother with beets and slugs would just leave holes and ragged edges. Bad bunny! Perhaps you can have hasenpfeffer?

Marzipan says: May 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

That last photo is amazing. I love the glow on the kitty's face - Which kitty is it?

i'm down here in Eugene and i used to have all kinds of trouble with small animals eating the tender greens of new plants. i read somewhere that small twigs or little branches placed over the planting area kept the critters out because they don't like walking through them. By gosh it works. You don't need a lot, just enough to lay over the growing area and be an annoyance. The red pepper works too, and for slugs the beer traps works well, that or salt but that's a gross mess. Good luck and happy growing. Cyndi

I love the soft, nighttime magic of the photo of your cat. It makes me feel all cozy and snuggly. . . like grabbing my little dog and curling up for a nap.

As for the munched beets I like Michelle's fastastic idea (comment at 11:22 a.m.) where she suspects her pesky sheep donned disguises and toured the city this weekend for a little "Taste of Portland" getaway. :) The image sure beats the ones of earwigs and cutworms.

Roxanne says: May 21, 2012 at 01:09 PM

Just about any critter will eat beet tops. Sprinkle the plants with lime. That will keep birds, bunnies, etc from your tender plants. The birds ate my pepper plants down to the ground! Lime did the trick.

Hmmm...beet nippin' seems to be going around. All of my baby beets were sampled, too! Now, where did I put that netting? Lovely glowing photos, Alecia!

I'm a fan of the Parade of Sheep in Portland, too! Kinda like in one of those Wallace and Gromit videos.

Lovely night time photos. I wish summer would hurry up and arrive here in England, it is still so cool. Definitely not warm enough to sit outside in the evenings! No idea what ate your beets, but congratulate them on their excellent taste.

In North Carolina, the critters eating your veggies would be deer or rabbits. The deer in our area love Hostas...they eat part of the plant one night and the other part the next night. They are not "pigs"!!!!

say, when you go fabric shopping, are you project driven so that you know how much fabric to buy, or do you go and find something you like and buy it? and.. if you buy a fabric without a definite project in mind, how much do you usually buy?
a question that's been on my mind lately...

martina says: May 21, 2012 at 04:40 PM

The netting people are referring to is sold as bird netting at True Value stores. It might prevent any chewing of the beets by four leggeds. Our veggie garden is fenced off with 5 ft high plastic fencing so only pole vaulting kitties could get in it. Love the photos-your home yet again looks magical

meppybn says: May 21, 2012 at 04:59 PM

Quail are notorious seedling-eaters too :( much as I love them, they can be pesky in this way.

Sounds like bliss... well, except for the poor little beets! Try some netting over them. Could be miaowsers, or birds that have a short but distructive attention span. (We have cockatoo's here that will do that - but they are quite intelligent. A few years they nipped all of the flowers off the jonquilles. So last year I told them in no unceartain terms that it was not on and to stop it, and they haven't done it this time!)
Hope your garden thrives despite the week setback. :)

Mary Ann says: May 21, 2012 at 05:30 PM

Well I don't think you have deer in your neighborhood but everything looks so enticing maybe they are coming form near and far!

Patricia Walters says: May 21, 2012 at 05:55 PM

I'd also say deer. I had them come onto the deck and eat the tops off all my geraniums.

Raccoon family? Any telltale scat nearby?

maureen mangrum says: May 21, 2012 at 07:36 PM

My first comment on your lovely blog! If it's deer, the only thing that has ever worked for us (and it does work!) is a product called Deerstopper from our Lowe's or maybe Home Depot. It is a mix of putrescent egg solids, rosemary and mint. Awesome, huh? But desperate times call for desperate measures and we have tried everything else to no avail. They even eat out of the hanging baskets :) Kind of like a salad bar...

I just love it when you say.. I have some projects to show you.

I think bunnies might like BEETS . . .

Ack! You're such a tease! Projects to show! How shall I wait for them dear Alicia, dear Alicia?

Wonderful pictures ! Here in France we are eagerly waiting for some sunny days !

I love the expression on that cat. He looks like he is worshiping the fire or casting a spell.
it looks like you had a lovely weekend.

Jessica says: May 22, 2012 at 03:49 AM

So what kind of shoes is Andy wearing??? :)

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at