We are so thankful — not only did it rain yesterday, but also today, giving us over a half of an inch. And it looks like more might be on they way. The ground was awfully dry and we still had a lot of seeds that had not germinated yet so we were praying like mad for rain. Already much more corn has come up, beans are popping out of the ground, and the squash and pumpkins are also coming up nicely in the North garden.
Will’s been busy tilling in the main garden and house garden along with working on his plank fence around the cow paddock. I follow him when he’s tilling, hand weeding as much as my back will let me — so far, so good. As soon as it’s weeded, on goes the deep mulch and that will be that. Then it will be on to pulling the Wall O’ Waters off the tomatoes, staking, and caging them.
I went to visit my friend Dara a few days ago to see her litter of piglets. They are out of an American Guinea Hog sow and Mangalitsa boar. (Mangalitsas are a very old European breed of pig that has woolly hair like a sheep — really! Her boar has regular curls and dense “wool.” The baby pigs are so cute and love the greens Dara brings them! A few are “watermelon” striped, which comes from the Mangalitsa. (These stripes go away as they mature.) By the way, Dara says those pigs are for sale…
Yesterday, David began installing the big window they had gotten curb-side with a free sign on it. Will and I went over to help out and in a few hours, that window was in. Now there’s lots of natural light in the living room-to-be. David also took apart the storage shed he’d built last year to house his tools, building material, and miscellaneous. Now he can store it in and under the house plus he gained enough building material to finish up the interior walls and close in the two gable ends of the upstairs.
Will and David also finished up the outhouse hole. David had cut out one end of a big fuel oil storage tank and the center of the opposite end. Will carefully dropped it down the big hole. When it was seated level, he and David back-filled the hole, leaving the area nice and level. Ready to set the outhouse in place. The tank is to hold the sand from caving in and filling the hole prematurely.
Will had also gone over that way with our Case crawler-loader to set in some fence posts on the Wolf forty for cattle pasture. When he went past David’s cabin, he swung in and cleared some spaces David wanted for a parking spot and future garage site. It’s looking very nice around there! — Jackie