This sure was true yesterday when four of our friends, Mike, Dara, Sherri, and Charis came to help out in the garden. I’m sure it’s because they all know just how awful my knees have been lately. I’m limping along (no pun!), waiting until our “slow” time in February, when I get a knee replacement for my worst knee. But I can hardly bend down to weed, can’t get up and down off a five-gallon bucket seat and sure can’t kneel or crawl along rows. So yesterday, they helped weed massive amounts of beans and corn and Mike and Charis finished up building and putting up the last of our tomato cages. It’s lucky it got done yesterday, as those tomato plants are so big, I don’t think we could get them in the cages if they got a few days’ more growth.
We’ve been getting rain every day or two, which has sure helped out the crops (including the weeds!). Today, I planted more beans and set out a couple more watermelon plants I’d forgotten on the back deck while Will has been busy side-dressing corn and melons with rotted manure. Right now, he’s hauling more manure out to the Wolf Garden, where the Hopi Pale Grey squash are planted. It sure makes a difference when the corn, squash, and melons get that side-dressing! You can just about see them grow! (We don’t do that with tomatoes or peppers as they would grow big plants and have no peppers and tomatoes to speak of. Nor do we side dress root crops or salad greens. With root crops, it often makes them hairy or misshapen and you don’t want a chance of bacteria on your salad greens.)
Will’s hoping we’ll get a few sunny days in a row, as he’s really wanting to get at the haying. There’s a good crop this year and we’re anxious to get some harvested. — Jackie