The weather is usually a lot cooler this time of the year with frosts at night. But this year we went right into summer and have been having temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s, which is very unusual for us in northern Minnesota. So we sucked it up and prayed we wouldn’t get a freezing “surprise” and started planting in earnest.
Yesterday, our friends, Mike and Dara, came over with the plan of helping us out, and boy, did they ever! Mike went right down to the new “rock garden” where Will was busily hauling out the last of this year’s crop of rocks while Dara helped me plant out the last of the tomato varieties … and there were a LOT! After we got that done, we also planted several rows of pole beans.
We all stopped after noon for a break. I fired up the grill and threw on several beautiful rib steaks from the Angus steer we’d had butchered last winter. I’d been saving them for a special occasion. Boy, were they ever good! We all enjoyed the meal and had a nice rest.
Afterward, Mike and Will went back to work in the rock garden, finishing up the fencing around the whole thing while Dara and I finished up the planting for the day. By four, we were all pooped, especially because it was so HOT. But we had done what we’d set out to do and were pleased. It’s so wonderful to have such good homesteading friends who show up — unasked — and help out so much.
Our baby goats are SO cute! Yesterday, the buckling was playing in the plastic sled I use to feed their grain in. He would run up, jump in and slide the whole length on his belly. Over and over, he did it until I was laughing so hard I about peed my pants!