We're beginning to wonder if we are doomed in our plans to grow grapevines. We were naive to think Basil hadn't been plotting his master plan for 7 months since getting a hold of the first of the two grapevine plants we brought home back in February.
We'd kept them out of his reach over the remainder of the winter, spring and summer while they recovered and detailed how we transplanted them back within his reach early last month. Remember how much promise we had (I was dreaming of a Pinot Noir on the patio after the crush next year):
We should have known when he went over for a few sniffs right away that it would just be a matter of time:
It all must have just been too much temptation. After so many months had passed, we figured we could trust him, alas, he let us know what a little patience and perseverance will do for keeping your eye on the prize....
Needless to say we were pretty disappointed to come out on the back patio to this sight:
He literally stripped the vine of all it's spring growth and leaves (except for one) and then somehow with his puppy strength clamped down on the base of the plant and uprooted it in some sort of terrible Weimaraner victory.
After trying to salvage and repair what was left of the grapevine by replanting it, we've been keeping a tighter eye on you know who when outside, and trying to think of other solutions for keeping these grapevines safe from the grapevine beast.
In other garden news, 2 of the garlic cloves we planted a couple weekends ago have sprouted and seem quite happy getting acquainted in their new home for the next several months:
We finally harvested all of the peppers from our front planters which became the start of this little stuffed pepper recipe I whipped together later that night:
We're keeping an eye on the remaining pepper plants in the event they look to produce more, but have some fall mums in mind to replace the peppers with when the time is right.
So this is how things are going in the garden if we're keeping it real in our little world. What's going on in your garden these days? Any mishaps, failures, or other anomalies that keep you on your toes?