as you know, i thoroughly enjoy spending time on my deck in the backyard, but i have another important backyard duty. my dad has constructed a raised gardening bed in my backyard, and every spring, he dutifully plants a vegetable garden. i, asa, am tasked with the responsibility of monitoring the vegetable garden at all times to protect it from invaders such as birds, rabbits, or insects who seek to thwart my dad's hard work. secondarily, i ensure that the vegetable garden has no weeds and adequate moisture. i am truly honored that my dad would entrust me with such a substantial job.
in the picture below, you will observe me at my post in front of the vegetable garden. my dad has planted cucumbers, pole beans, green peppers, bush beans, and tomatoes this year.
here i am beginning my rounds on the vegetable garden. first, i am inspecting the cucumber plants, and i believe i see a tiny weed attempting to sprout up. i shall alert my dad!
next, i am checking the pole beans to make sure they are adequately watered. they appear to be in prime condition!
now i am checking the bush beans (on the left) and the green peppers (on the right). my dad is explaining to me how bush beans grow differently from pole beans.
finally, my dad is giving me special instructions with regard to the tomato plants. he is alerting me to be on my guard for an insect known as the aphid, which particularly enjoys tomatoes.
goodness, let's be honest. monitoring my dad's vegetable garden is an intensive job, and i'm feeling a mite fatigued. i had better take a quick break to regain my energy. one never knows when the garden invaders might arrive!