A Chipmunk In The Composter

We’ve eaten all the cauliflower, and potatoes from my vegetable garden.  Now the tomatoes are ripening.  This weekend, if I have enough,  I’ll make Tomato Soup.

There is still plenty of Kale, it’s never stopped growing and we’ve been eating it since the early spring.

My garlic is drying on the front porch.  Soon it will be ready to be eaten and stored.   And the Morning Glories are truly glorious.

The onions I planted have disappeared.

It may be the chipmunk who has a permanent tunnel under the plastic composter which is next to my garden.  The chipmunk has eaten well this year.  The composter which was three-quarters full this spring has dwindled down so it’s now only a quarter full.  Mostly of avocado and peach pits and banana peels.

Since the compost hadn’t turned into usable soil, I was wondering what I’d do when it was full.  Now it’s not a problem.

I’m grateful to the chipmunk for that, but it does make me think it might be a good idea to move the compost away from the garden.

A skirt full of tomatoes

8 thoughts on “A Chipmunk In The Composter

  1. Finally, our tomatoes are ripening and I can make sandwiches. I love tomato sandwiches on a baguette with basil. OMG. I dream of them until late summer.

    1. We love tomatoes and mozzarella and corn Janet. Somehow we forgot about it this year. have to get on that. Thanks for the reminder! Enjoy your sandwiches!

  2. Those look like my Grandpa Ott’s morning glory plants. I am trying to remember, did I send you some morning glory seeds last year, perhaps? These are a well-known heritage plant. I got mine many many years ago from seed, Seed Savers exchange, in Iowa. And they always produce some seeds so whatever garden bed I had them and they will come up the next year. I think they are a really beautiful color.

      1. Maria, they are the flowers in the top photo of this post, the purple ones with the ruby throat. Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory is what they are called. I read an article about the founders of the Seed Savers Exchange of Iowa last fall which told the background of those seeds which they used to start their exchange, and how they always brought back memories of her grandpa. I love the colors, but they can be bad about taking over. All vines can. Today I’m mourning my sunflowers, 3 more of them keeled over in another storm overnight. And I was enjoying watching the goldfinches feasting on them every day. I still have many sunflowers, hope they will stay upright thru Fall. Enjoy your flowers.

      2. Oh I’m so glad you saw them Melissa. Thank you for sending them they are wonderful! Just what my small veggie garden needs this time of year. And what a beautiful story to go with them.

  3. I’m so glad you like them, as I do. In the fall, when they die (which they will at the first hard frost) you can pull them up and put them on something to help catch the seeds, and then shake them and lots of seeds will come out. They look like tiny black pellets. At that point, go ahead and plant those seeds anywhere you want them, they need the winter’s freeze cycle to break open their seeds. Of course, where they are now, you will probably have plenty which will come up in the same area next year. Enjoy!

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