The torrential rains of last week are gone with no more rain in the forecast until the end of the week. The days are near summer like and very breezy.
Yesterday early afternoon, we all piled into the largest vehicle after calling ahead to Outback Steakhouse, one of the restaurants that won’t take reservations, but will let you call ahead to get on their list and drove the half hour to celebrate Mother’s Day for daughter and me.
Somehow, out of the 5 of them crowded on the bench waiting, 3 have their eyes closed. The wait was less than 30 minutes and we enjoyed a good meal together.
Today, being warm and sunny, Jim took the BBH out for a ride on part of one of the rides he will lead for the 5 state rally next month. That left granddaughter with me as Monday is her day she does not have preschool. We ventured off to take the garbage and recycling to the center, then off to have lunch together, and Mommom bought the little lady a 5 year old size purple garden hoe.
Back from lunch, my little helper worked on the bed that will contain the bush beans in a few days, while I weeded the other planted beds and the end of the bed where the sweet potatoes will grow soon, then helped her finish her bed.
She is the cutest, hardest working little helper on the mountain and she loves the garden. Note, she left the volunteer sunflower behind her and asked if there would be more planted and would that one get tall and have flowers. After the beds were weeded and the pea patch trellised, a break for an orange and some juice, a bit of sitting on the front porch swing enjoying the breeze, and we went back out to work some more on the three sisters plot. The smart weed, lambs quarters, and dandelions are threatening to overtake it. Working with the hoe and the 4 prong cultivator did little. Finally just turning it with the garden fork appears to be the only solution. This tired old body turned row after row while granddaughter picked out the rocks and about a third of it was dug before just wearing out.
Once the 15 X 15 foot block is totally turned, it will be broken up with the 4 prong cultivator to get the remaining weeds and smaller rocks out, raked into the 12 or 16 hills and the corn part of the garden planted. The pumpkins and tomatillos are going to be started in little pots to be put in the ground in a couple weeks. The Anasazi beans will be planted with the corn once it is up.
The potatoes are all up and the soil is being added to the barrels as the potato plants reach for the sun. Once the barrels are full, they will just be mulched and the potatoes will grow, hopefully to fill the barrels with potatoes for our larder.
During the last few days, the adult hens and Mr. Croak were allowed free range time. When I go out, I feel like the Pied Piper, as they all come running toward me.
If I can get the three sister’s bed dug, the beans planted, the chicken run will be altered to make the double fence on the east, south and half of the west sides of the vegetable garden.