originally posted by: chiefsmom
Anyone else notice a lack of dandelions?
I know most people don't want them in their yard, but we do not spray, because the ducks love the leaves. I was talking to the neighbor this weekend
(he doesn't spray either) and he thought it was weird too.
I can't find any leaves in my yard, nor the flowers. I don't remember that ever happening in the 20+ years of living here.
I was just coming in here to mention this!! Holy crap, the dandelions are sparse this year, and it really SUCKS because a lot of "bunny salad" add-ins
that our rabbit eats is dandelion leaves straight out of the yard. We don't use any chemicals whatsoever on the yard, and ours is higher up than the
neighbors, so run-off is not a concern on this little hill of ours. The summer dandelions usually are more than enough to keep the bun happy for
months, but this time, he's only had a handful of dandelion salads so far.. He usually eats a mixed "store & yard" salad every day, but there just
isn't enough dandelions growing for that.
We had a hell of a wild raspberry growth boom this year, though, the wild bush in the yard put out & then some. At it's max berry output, it stood 4
feet tall, and was utterly loaded with berries everywhere a cluster could spring forth from. I've NEVER had it do this in the nearly 6 years we've
lived here so far, it was unreal. We considered making jam or preserves, but the kids managed to raid the bush effectively before the animals each day
and were probably snorting a solid cup and a half of them every day for the past few weeks/month. That's a hell of a lot of wild berries! At least the
bun can eat the raspberry leaves, he likes those a lot.
Our Walnut trees also aren't putting out fruit (nuts) in quite as high numbers, though this could be a "resting" year for them, where their output
declines in favor of them focusing on health and growth (or so I'm told) What we are finding on the ground are juvenile nuts so soft that they can be
cut in half with pruning clippers, yikes. Never seen 'em do that one before. The squirrels seem to love them this way, they gorge themselves on these,
and leave what they can't finish.
All 4 tomato plant varieties we're growing (Beefsteak, Amish Paste, Cherokee Purple, Grape) had a period of very early "false buds", budding way too
early to do anything with, and so did my cayenne and habaneros. They're all full of fruit now, it didn't seem to hurt them any.
The habs' fruit output is astronomical right now, I'm waiting on about 20 of them to ripen so I can pick them, and the developing new habs can grow.
My cayenne has a daily output of at least 1 fresh one ready to pick, so I've been eating fresh cayenne peppers with at least one meal every day for
the last week and a half.
We've also had a deer foraging in the back yard recently (the neighbor's fencing on one side of the yard is short enough to jump over) AND we even had
a beaver last week back there nosing around.
There's no water source on the property, and there's no creeks or ponds or lakes or anything any closer than probably half a mile. I'd expect to see
the dude (dudette?) there, not here, lol.