On Saturday, we were happy to welcome our newest part-time apprentice, Kelly, to our homestead. She lives about four hours south of us in Minnesota and has e-mailed and talked on the phone with us for a while. We had a very full weekend. She and Will finished pulling out the remaining bean trellises and name stakes from the Main garden and Sand garden while I ran the riding lawnmower over the old bean vines and corn stalks, mulching them so the garden could be tilled. It’s been very dry, and it was sure dusty work! Then Kelly and Will went to the end of the Wolf road and cut and loaded a big pile of poplar poles to use as firewood, just like David has been doing. With her help, our firewood pile is getting nice and big. Meanwhile, I took the riding lawnmower down to the Sand garden and chopped corn and bean stalks, then drove over to the North garden and did the same out there. I’ve never seen it so dry! The normally wet North garden was bone dry with a layer of dust on the top of the soil. Yep, we needed rain!
On Sunday, Kelly and Will again went out to the end of the Wolf road to cut more poles while I got busy and transplanted several flats of very big tomato plants. As I transplant, I am moving them to the cooler enclosed porch so, hopefully, they will slow down in their growing. Will calls them my palm trees! The peppers are more cooperative, growing slow. Boy am I glad.
After cutting and unloading a trailer load of wood, Kelly asked if she could clean and re-arrange the front porch. Oh yes! All fall and winter it’s become a repository of miscellaneous junk: new tractor tires, hunting clothes, various containers full of dead plants, and so on. What a worker she is! By afternoon, not only was the porch clean and organized but she had raked the canna leaves and debris out of the flower bed in front of the porch. I was sure grateful, and happy as could be. Meanwhile, Will hooked up the tractor-mounted rototiller and tilled five of our gardens. It’s lucky he did too as we had rain last night. Now the garden is perfect for early planting of onions and peas.
Kelly can only come on an on-again, off-again schedule as she works from home. But that’s fine with us. Perhaps we’ll have others who will do the same. We’ve found out that things that are meant to happen usually do. — Jackie