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Friday, May 6, 2011

Another day without rain

We had another day without rain here today. The ground is drying out nicely but dang it we cant get in the garden. The railroad company has taken out the crossing and it wont be put back till next week. This would have been a great time to get the rest of my garden planted and the plants transplanted that are in the greenhouse. But at least Rodger and Jason got started on my herb bed extension in the front yard this evening. We might get that done tomorrow and ready to plant. The extension is actually bigger than I had anticipated. But that is good too. Just more room to add plants. The bed started out about 22 ft long by 8 ft wide. It will be 8 ft longer on one end, and we added another 8 ft to the width on the side. So total space is about 30 by 16 ft. Rodger got started this evening moving the dirt into the new bed too. Its gonna take a lot of trips with the lil tractor bucket to fill all that area in. In the morning I need to round up more stuff to use for weed barrier. I used shredded paper this evening for what we got done. Guess I need to raid the building and dig out all the old card board that we have around. Last resort will be paper feed bags. But I really want to save those to mulch around the fruit trees in the orchard. Not sure how much we can get done this weekend beings we are forecast for 20% chance of rain till next Thursday. Maybe it will miss us. I can only hope. The wild blackberries are in full bloom now so as soon as they start losing their bloom we usually get several days of cool rainy weather.  We surely have to get all the planting done in the next week or so. We will be butchering chickens the weekend of May 21st. They will be 6 weeks old then and huge. On my to-do list for tomorrow is to get the brooder house cleaned out. The new herb bed will be a good place to put the fresh manure from there. It will have time to rot before the lil plants put roots down to get into it. And it means I wont have to move the compost twice.
So till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.

Stella

1 comment:

Pokeberry Mary said...

there's been lots of rain here this spring too, and it is still nice and cool, which will change soon. I got my tomatoes and peppers in today. :) Also picked the last of my broccoli and pulled up the plants. I could wait for some side shoots but decided I needed the room more. I'm only doing a smaller garden this year for Hubby & I to eat and save some of it. We will probably move in the fall so I don't want to be overwhelmed. I wish we'd just stay here, this is a nice place for us. But- don't think we want to buy it and the owner wants to sell it. Ah well..
Going to see kids on Tuesday for a week and a half and work on the house. Lots to do before we go, lots to do when we get back.. and in between. :) not so much as you do though I'm sure! :)