I made a butterfly house. Not because I think a butterfly will use it, but because my husband gave me a square table leg that he had made an error on. He knew I would come with something to use it for. I made a roof, a bottom, and cut entry holes. I read it needs a branch inside for them to sit on, so I stuffed one in there before I nailed it shut. I'm using stain leftover from our picnic table project. I am pretty certain it will be like the butterfly feeder that has yet to be touched by any insect, much less a butterfly. Still it is better than just gathering dust in the barn.
My poor husband never knows what I am up to. Today I got everything set and then asked him to come hold a ladder. Before he knew what was happening, I was shimmying up the ladder with a very awkward and heavy bat house and juggling his lovely power drill. I managed to prop everything into place and voila..... a bat house. I love to sit outside in the evenings and watch my one bat eat insects. There used to be two, but now I'm down to one. I cannot see inside the bat house to know if it is working, but hopefully I will see an increase in bats.
I also tried my square foot stamps and am extremely pleased with them. I used them to replant my lettuce, spinach, and carrots. To make the indents I stood on it and that worked perfectly. I am very happy to report that everything I planted is coming up. I did take some yellow paint and labeled the templates. Not the nicest handwriting, but at least I don't have to look up what template for what plants.
I had every intention of replacing the bird house in my red yellow bed. It only had birds once in the 15 years we have been here. It has big gaps and isn't well made. I don't remember where I got it. As I was removing the screw that holds the house down, I heard a buzzing. It seems my old bird house has tenants. A family of bumblebees. Yikes... I was out of there. After things calmed down, I tried to put the screw back in. This has proven unsuccessful as they were quite agitated. I tried to get my husband to do it, but he is smarter than I am.
I didn't just spend the weekend trying to evict bees. I did some serious berry picking. I found lots of wildlife from friendly caterpillars to not so friendly robins. I picked gooseberries, wild strawberries, Juneberries, currents, and nanking cherries. I love picking berries. It is my way of meditating. I did pretty good with the Juneberries and gooseberries. Unfortunately, it will take years before I get enough wild strawberries to make jam. As you can see below, they aren't very big.
What are you harvesting? What are you doing with your harvest? Have you ever seen a butterfly use a butterfly house? Have you ever seen a nest of bumblebees? Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July and wishing you a great week.