My Japanese beetle trap was a bust. It does not work and I should have actually used a real trap before I tried to make my own. Milky spore and beneficial nematodes are in my future.
On a up note I did build something that works quite well.
It is a mini chicken tractor for between the rows in the garden.
These are some pullets that are too little to run free and too big to stay in the brooder. We have been feeding them the Japanese beetles that our traps aren't catching. We are catching them by hand again this year--a loosing battle. You can't see it here but they are decimating our pole beans.
Another success is our new garden fence.
It is chicken proof and mostly children proof.
I also drifted closer to my rain water catchment goal.
Here the cow stable steel roof sheds to her stock tank.
This pvc guttering is cheap. That is if you don't use their fittings or mounting hardware. A piece of gutter is around five dollars. While if you were to install it per recommendations you'd spend thirty or forty.
Another experiment is our sweet potato patch. We are using hillbilly mulch (aka old carpet) and cut holes in it for the slips.
I hope it works.
We also took delivery of some of our winters hay. Ten beautiful bales of wheat hay that Mike just put up with his new bailer.
Round bales are not our favorite but these were too beautiful to pass up.
The biggest success of the year is the black raspberry patch. Even having to share roughly half of our bounty with the Japanese beetles we are in berry heaven.
Kassi invented a desert. fresh raspberries still warm from the sun and vanilla ice cream.
Heaven on earth...
Every toy that Toly has been playing with of late has to have a trailer of one sort or another.
Kassi found a clam shell at the creek.