Yard and Garden

17 May

I haven’t shared much lately about anything but kids and the goats’ health, so I thought I’d take today to catch you up.  My dad got a tractor and tiller, so he tilled my garden.

He did an amazing job!  It was really nicely done.

planting sweet corn

I learned my lesson from last year and waited until our frost free date before I bought plants.  I don’t want to have to plant this thing twice.

I managed to get it all planted with some help from my mom.

However, I’m pretty sure the garden grew in size.

Can you see the tomatoes planted in there?

I am so glad we got some rain.  I’m especially glad for the rain because my water was not working up north, but it is working again now.  I don’t know what was wrong.

In yard news, you might remember my dad was helping me mow, but he is not a fan of mowing my yards (with good reason).

my dad’s big mower with the Little Farm Hand and my son

With the death of the “lawn ornament,” I decided I had to suck it up and be a grownup and get me a big girl mower.

Brand new!

I tried it out, and it does a pretty good job; although I am not used to these new mowers and where all the necessary levers and pedals are located.

mowing around the garden

I do think I need to haul in some dirt (or compost or barn cleanings) to fill in a bunch of the rough spots though because it is really, really rough and hard to get through the dips and ditches.  Which is part of why my dad doesn’t want to mow it.

It is ridiculously rough.  And my yard has lots of fences and trees and little spots that make it hard to do a good job.

Sky in the freshly mowed yard

That means I also need to replace my push mower to do a better job of getting close to everything. (It might have gotten hay and goat pellets in the gas tank over the winter a couple of years ago. Don’t know how that would happen.)

5 Responses to “Yard and Garden”

  1. Jeanne May 17, 2021 at 9:01 pm #

    I’m impressed with your big girl mower! I know what you mean about the low spots. We have a lot of those in our back yard, where tree roots have rotted away. My daughter won’t even let me go out there, for fear I might fall. She is gradually filling the holes in with soil. We had to hire a man to come and mow for us on Friday. The grass had gotten about a foot tall! Neither of us was able to use the heavy mower my husband used to use. It had really gotten out of control.

    Your son is a handsome young man!

  2. WolfSong May 18, 2021 at 9:48 am #

    So with your garden out in the wide open like that, how do you protect your tomatoes from winds?
    Do you get strong winds?
    How do they survive it??
    I’ve had to resort to putting a plastic windbreak around mine…to be fair, the fence was needed to keep chickens out in the first place 🤦‍♀️🙄 but the plastic was an add on to protect the plants from wind.

    I love the before looks at gardens, compared to the after when things grow in.
    Yours is huge looking!

    • Teresa May 18, 2021 at 11:10 am #

      Iowa is really windy. I just put wire cages around them. Eventually, they’ll fall over and be on the ground. That actually keeps them from breaking off. Last summer with the derecho (inland hurricane), a lot of people had tomatoes ripped out of the ground and carried away. Mine survived. To be fair, Iowa soil is amazing for growing things, so I don’t have to worry too much about the garden other than weeding and watering. It was big before my dad’s increase in size. It will definitely keep me more than busy caring for it this summer, but I will also can and freeze for several of my family households.

  3. janicead May 18, 2021 at 12:35 pm #

    Nice looking mower. And now you have yet another project, filling holes. Surely none of those holes were made by Sky.

    • Teresa May 18, 2021 at 5:08 pm #

      No. He’s never been up there. There’s a variety of things that caused them.

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