It’s now past 10 at night; sheep have been de-wormed, water trough filled for horses, supper prepared, eaten and kitchen cleaned and we’ve tossed a couple of games of horseshoes. We played until it was too dark to see the poles so we were simply pitching toward the pit. I’ve not pitched shoes in, probably, thirty years but didn’t do too badly; I threw one ringer, a leaner and a bunch of one pointers. The first game, girls against boys, girls lost by many points. The second game, again girls against boys, we lost by one point. Not too bad especially when you consider the good-natured bantering going on, quite loudly. (huge smile!)
There are more than forty tomatoes planted, onions, scallions, garlic, radishes, red cabbage, beans and more corn. The middle, seemingly unplanted garden section, is planted with sweet corn. I have more beans, flowers and other things to plant but the season is running out on me.
~I don’t have as many cut flowers planted as I’d wanted but there’s always next year. For drying flowers, I don’t use silica gel as it’s rather expensive. An even mixture of borax and cornmeal works just fine and it’s much less expensive.
~Double plant – my corn and beans are planted together both to save space and to give the beans a pole. The beans fix the nitrogen in the soil, giving the corn a boost.
~The gourds are planted alongside the fence, again to give them a pole.
~Tomatoes are staked to make it easier to pick the fruit plus it prevents blight.
~Marigolds are planted next to the tomatoes as an aid in preventing bugs. Marigolds don’t have a pleasant odor and bugs stay away.
~It’s just about time to decide what to plant as cold weather crops. Brussels sprouts, parsnips and kale all taste better after being nipped by frost.
~When it’s time to leave the garden, I have a wash station set up at the outdoor spiget. A nylon scrubbie and soap keeps hands clean while an old toothbrush serves to scrub my nails.
My days begin around dawn although, sometimes, I sleep in. Today I slept in until almost 7 but had to go to town and that’s always a time eater. It’s impossible for me to get to town, do errands and home again in under three hours; today it was four hours. Lately, I’ve been waving at my studio in passing (wry smile) but life is good and, since complaining takes time away from being happy, I try to keep the carping to a bare minimum.
The dogs are crashed out on the floor, long fed up with not being in bed, so I’ll take my cue from them and say good-night.
God bless us everyone!
Blessings ~ clear, sweet water for the horses ~ de-wormed sheep ~ horse shoes ~ garden ~ flowers ~ vegetables ~ teapots ~ sleep ~
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