Finally figured out what makes my chicken stock taste the way I want it to - a pinch of garlic powder, soy sauce instead of salt, and significant sprinkles of mace, nutmeg's weaker bro grated from the shells, on top of the bones and meat remnants (from various recipes and KFC), water, and a couple tablespoons (NOT cups! gotta keep reminding myself! XD ) of apple cider vinegar. Gives it the warmth and body without changing the chicken flavor too much that I was looking for. I left the usual veggie remnants out this time, too. I don't have much of those right now, mostly asparagus, but might make a couple cups from what I do have and see how that turns out.
The garden hasn't been fully put to rest yet (I have to replace both my vacuums before I can buy more compost and dirt), but I did pull the bee's friends and borage and the tops of the wood sorrel and laid them down to start decomposing, and have left the rest to grow and probably overwinter. I do need to remove the seed heads on both flowers, but not right now. It appears I have more than the mole in the garden, too, most likely a Mazama (Northern) pocket gopher judging from the busybody tracks between holes. Not a vole - there's not enough greenery to provide it habitat. Pocket gophers are protected in WA, particularly certain subspecies of Mazamas - not that its legal to harm them in city parks anyway, so best I can do next year is try and repel it. Oddly enough, it doesn't seem to cross into the half of the bed that's past the garter snake's grave, but it did nose the rock over it.
In other news, it was nice to have a cool morning, so I went to the park I walked in last year. The damage is still roped off, but now the city is planning to take down and/or relocate structures, and had warnings up about released toxins in the water from the former plants that used to be on and near the site, but people were still letting their kids play in the water - go figure, sure that's what the gravel beach was for, but just because its still half there doesn't mean you don't need to heed the signs. *sigh.* The wooden wharf that was to be the south end of a north over-water trail was declared a total loss and is being removed starting today. I think the city decided to wait until the heat broke so as to not risk fires. But now there are houses being built, and dormant projects are suddenly humming along like people want to get stuff done now while its cool but before the rains set in.