Sometimes, we see things and we just can't help ourselves. We receive a
few magazines related to horticulture and agriculture (I wonder why that would be?).
And, those magazines have advertisements. And, many of those
advertisements are for products we won't use - such as pesticides. And... well, here's a
picture that is supposed to make us want to use an insecticide.
b. Hey Rocky, watch me cut off my arm with this stylized hatchet!
c. I have something to tell you, I'm not left appendaged either!
d. Look, I've got a new cell phone holder! It makes me want to.... sing!
On first glance, I might suggest that these critters appear to be more of a danger fo the dude with the hatchet and the dagger. After all, they seem to be going after him - and the crops don't look like they've taken any damage at all. In fact, it seems to me that this guy is more of a threat to himself AND the crops than he is to the creepy crawlies surrounding him.
Then, there is this picture. I took it when I noticed (in December, 2012) how shiny Chumley's bumper was. Mrranda (a wonderful farm supervisor who left us too soon) noticed I was taking a picture and wanted to watch. So, you can see the cat looking up (bottom left).
If you recall the growing season for 2012, you'll remember it was dry. But, do you also remember how warm it got REALLY early? All of the trees budded out early and fruit trees in Iowa went to town, putting blooms on absurdly early. Then, of course, we had freezes that took out many of the fruit crops in the state.
As veggie farmers, we don't get quite as excited for Spring as we once did. Don't get us wrong. Both of us still feel the thrill of seeing Robins again (for example). But, Spring means the beginning of the season that doesn't let us slow down. It's fine once it starts, but sometimes a person doesn't want to start. I'm sure everyone knows that feeling.