Friday, June 13, 2014
So Far Behind I Am Now Starting Over
I had a quick errand to run into town this morning and by the time I made it back to the Small-Hold the grass had dried enough that I could begin mowing. Well I could mow if I went at like turtle speed and even then in order to actually get all the grass cut I had to turn around and mow in the opposite direction over the spots I had already done. It's going to need mowing again in a few short days and going to take about three more times before it gets back to normal. The yard was past due for a mowing last week when it started raining now it is calf high super weeds. Still I made some headway and got all the really important areas finished and left some wide open spaces for my son to do tomorrow, whether he wants to or not.
By early evening I could actually walk in parts of the garden believe it or not. I had to be careful though because there are still some places that will swallow up my mud boots and suck em down through even six inches of mulch.
Yes it is that wet.
Several of my Tomatoes, one Squash and a couple of Pole Beans are wilting terribly too I assume from too much water so hopefully they will recover now that it is drying out a bit.
I managed to liberate the two rows of Bush bean plants this evening, laid down three more sheets of roofing metal and got one entire row covered in mulch. The weeds in the center are now so thick the weed eater could barely make a dent so I broke out the push mower believe it or not. Mowed em down and put the sheet metal over em to kill em off. Trouble is I am out of roofing sheets now I think. I might have another stack someone left in a fence line that I uncovered this Winter however but I haven't checked to see if they are any good yet.
I still have four smaller rows of Tomatoes, a Cucumber and a Pole Bean trellis to go to finish up the entire garden. I estimate about another 12 wheel barrow loads of mulch will finish it off even if I have no more metal roofing to use. However if I am out of the roofing I will need to till the middle before putting down the mulch. It also needs to dry a bit more before I can get to that section of the garden anyway. The Corn section I figure I am going to mow and then till regardless. I never mulch the corn section anyway so no big deal.
Tonight we had the first of our garden produce for dinner. Two good sized Squash-inni or maybe they were Zuquash. They are the fruit of two of the volunteers I transplanted earlier this Spring and they each produced a fruit about the size of a yellow Squash but without the neck with a mottled greenish-yellow skin. One was more Zucchini-like than the other. The Mrs. Made squash pancakes out of em and fried them and they tasted great. I just love volunteer plants.
So anyway I started replying to comments and catching up on reading others blogs tonight now. The cutting crew is doing a good job now that I got their fence fixed and keep em contained. Let's hope all this rain is over for a few days so I can get things back to normal. The work is piling up.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!