Back home in the Piedmont for a couple of days, I devoted time to tidying the main vegetable garden and satellite garden for fall planting. "Tidying" is a wimpy word for the weeding involved, but happily, enough recent rain has left the soil pliant enough for easy pulling of even the Italian dandelion volunteers (from an original plant that I had deliberately cultivated years ago).
What was I thinking? The leaves were just as bitter as 'regular' dandelions... Ick.
But I managed to clear out most of the weeds, so I'm feeling good about it.
There's no sign of woodchucks (hooray), perhaps because of the rainy summer (so good forage beyond the vegetable garden). So I'll be sowing fall cole crops and lettuce in mid-August, when we're back for fall semester.