Very early in the morning while DH does his farm chores, I worked in the backyard garden. I hoed the cabbage, pepper, and purple hull pea rows. Then decided to tackle the overgrown south fence. It was full of weeds and a salvia that self-seeds rampantly. I have planted a few cherry type tomatoes along that fence too. I soaked the tomatoes and mulched most of the fence. I also watered the sweet corn. I need another sprinkler for this garden so I can just leave the good one out back in the new plot. I will water again today.
By now DH is back to the house and we clean up and go to town to buy a lot of cattle panels. He came up with the idea of fencing the new plot with cattle panels. They are 16 feet long. I hadn't thought of that but the electric fence worries us......if it went out and the cows discovered that.........they would feast. I thought it would be too expensive but he pointed out that to hire it fenced traditionally would cost way more; I think he is right. We ended up buying 20 which should be enough to fence and have 6 left to stake the two tomato rows. I hope to get the tomato ones up this morning. I plan to make him a hardy breakfast of his choice first! A little bribery never hurts.
I love these panels bent hoop-house style for growing pole beans. It is lovely to stand in the shade inside and pull handfuls of beans. They make wonderful trellises, greenhouse frames, and I am sure lots of other things I haven't discovered yet.
We lucked out; they were on sale $3 off.
I will take pictures when we get all done.
Hoe sweet corn or till.
Plant more cucumbers (bought seeds yesterday at farm supply)
Plant pole beans on OP corn (they are about 12 inches tall now)
Water strawberry bed preparatory to re-working it.
Mow yard and inside gardens
Clean flower Beds
Make bread this afternoon; we are out.
I know all this will not get done in a day or even in a week, but I am a list maker. I love lists. It seems to keep me motivated.
Picked up another Dennis Lehane novel at the library yesterday.
Oh, I almost forgt. I made FlowerLady's Oatmeal Cake with Coconut Frosting for Sunday when we celebrated Father's Day and MIL's birthday (next weekend, but I cheated and did both at once). It was a great success and we all loved it.
Thank you FL so much. You can find it on her Blog
Pictures for the day:
When I call the chickens they come running. They are headed for me in this one.
and almost at my feet. They are expecting a handout.
I caught this dragonfly on the astilble next to the smokehouse. They don't flutter like butterflies and are much easier to capture.