Most everything's at least partially up now. The beets were first seen on Monday. However, the beans that were seen are being systematically destroyed, apparently by quail. I covered them up with row cover. Hopefully that will protect them, but I fear it may be too late.
On the good news front, it's been several days since I found a Colorado potato beetle. They are really cool looking bugs, but not good for the potatoes or for eggplant. In years past I have had to spend an hour a night picking the larval form off leaves and drowning them. I don't mind picking up the beetles, they actually make a satisfactory sound and mess when squished (with a shoe--never bare hands), but the larva creeps me out a bit. So, I'm pleased that the problem seems minimized. We've been told that if you wait long enough to plant your potatoes you don't have as much of a problem. Apparently that's correct, as this is the latest we've ever planted the potatoes.
On the bad news front, the mosquitoes have emerged, and of course there are more than usual. They chased me in Tuesday night, even though all that was exposed were my hands and face. Most work will have to be done in the heat of the day for a while, because "I am a tender sweet young thing."
On the ultra-cute front, the resident elk herd came down to play in the fallow wheatfield in front of our house. Lots of running by the calves (about 17) and by their moms and siblings--bucking and playing. So far, only a deer has been in the garden, which allows the elk to continue to be considered cute.
Not much was accomplished this weekend; had to work on Friday, market and soccer on Saturday, cleaning up, running errands, etc. on Sunday. Just a bit of irrigating and weeding in terms of accomplishments. Also made garlic scape pesto.
Good germination on this row of squash.