This is just a small sampling of the life around the yard.
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:: THE GARDEN
Danny tried getting the old rototiller going that had been left in the barn. He got it to run but it has a bad banging sound inside the engine and the throttle linkage was screwed up so he didn't think it was worth fixing. I didn't want to miss having a garden this season so I took some time on June 29 and ended up digging the vegetable garden bed by hand. I started in the area that the former owner had used the year before but the bulldozer had moved all the topsoil off and it was just clay. I then moved to the lawn in back of the house where the soil is much better. I had to dig out all the sod and amend the soil. It was so hard to do with hand tools that I only dug where I put my plantings and left the sod as walkways. I got a head start by buying starts of tomatoes, zucchini, melons, and peppers. I planted seeds for beans, corn and carrots. Danny wanted cucumbers but I ran out of energy to dig up another bed.
The Zucchini plants grew rapidly and I had some nice zucs in less than 2 weeks. Then, either the excess rain, the squash bugs or something else killed them off. Currently, we have cherry tomatoes andI picked my first Better Boy tomatoes. I've had a couple handfuls of beans and the peppers have flowers and large green fruit. The corn is about 4-1/2 feet tall. (the neighbors is at least 6'). We had a wind blow by the other day and knocked over all the corn. I had to prop it back up and cross my fingers that it will be okay.
I don't know what to expect of the local fauna. I put up a fence but can only hope it will deter the possums, raccoons and birds from wiping me out. I think a lot of people use electric fencing. Next year, I hope to get a earlier start and, using power machinery, make it bigger and better.
A couple of the neighbors have been kind enough to bring us some of their excess crops. Hubert and Marquita have dropped off numerous delicious cucumbers. I thought they gave us too many but I actually ran out. And Jack Dowell brought a bag of fresh corn, squash and onions.This week we got some fresh corn from the Jones'. I almost wonder if I should bother with my own garden when everyone else has so much to get rid of. Nobody has offered any home-grown tomatoes though, and there is nothing else like them. I can hardly wait for mine to ripen.
:: THE YARD
:: THE YARD