Cathy and I tried to fix it that evening with scrap cedar I had laying about. It wasn’t the right size or thickness, but I wanted to keep someone from trying to enlarge the hole and to keep the area groundhog from moving in. Neighbor Kevin loaned me his drill when my batteries died. I ended up locking myself out of my car and attracting attention by trying to get my car keys out of my trunk. (The alarm went off when I opened the door and I had to crawl into my trunk to retrieve my keys). Our neighborhood hero, Ken Turner, later stopped by that Saturday with the right sized wood to fix the shed door. He screwed it on really well. A few days later, gardener Alyssa found the piece of the door that the evil thief had thrown into her plot. I used it to get the right shade of paint from the Silver Avenue Lowe’s (courtesy of our City Land Bank voucher) to repaint the door patch.
Fourth on the crazy fall hit list, we have a new beetle which has invaded the SACG. I noticed it on my Brussel sprouts, but have also seen it on kale and collard greens. It’s called a harlequin. It took me a while to identify it on google. The groundhog is still eating us out of house and home.
Neighbor gardener Stan has returned to mowing our lawn (even though it is someone else’s monthly chore) and he also aerated it a couple times for good measure. With our extended summer growing season, I also took the opportunity to take a large bag of summer crops (i.e., tomatoes, peppers, beans and cucumbers) over to the Fire Station which bailed us out in early June by filling our rain cisterns when Mother Nature failed us. They were quite surprised.