Posts from August 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015
It's that time of year again - the early harvest is coming to a table near you and plates are full with lots of yummy, nutritious food in all shapes and sizes; but as our plates are beginning to overflow, it is quite a different story for insects and rodents.
If you noted the sense of urgency in the blog title, it’s because there is. We don’t want to burst anyone’s summer bliss bubble but winter is closing in. Sure it’s a few months away but we have to get in the mindset that it is coming and it’s already causing a stir amongst insects and rodents in Loveland.
I don’t know about you but when I hear the word ‘plague’ my mind instantly goes back to the 14th century during medieval times and the ‘black death’ that spread through Europe killing millions; I certainly don’t think about modern-day America. The truth is, as scary as it is, the plague still exists today. In fact, there have been 17 confirmed cases of plague in the U.S. from 2005-2014, and 8 of those were in 2014. So far this year, there have been 4 reported cases in Colorado alone resulting in 2 deaths – the latest being on August 5! While this disease has not reached epidemic proportions for certain, the numbers indicate that it is surely on the rise especially in the western U.S.
You know that this time of year is when we turn our attention to the first harvest of late summer and begin to reap the benefits of our hard spring and summer’s work. It’s always a rewarding experience to pick those first ‘sprouts’ of vegetables and steam up the green beans, sauté the peppers and scallions, or boil up some beets. There’s nothing like the taste of those fresh from the garden sprouts on a balmy late summer evening! Here in Colorado, however, our vegetables are not the only thing that has sprouted this year.