Since church starts in the village at 10 am we had time in the morning and Garry thought it might be too late to go buy them after church was over at noon.
We did buy peppers and tomato plants, Garry paid for 10 and 20 plants, although when he planted them with the help of some of the boys this afternoon, there were 17 and 23, I think he said. We ended up with three small rose bushes and no petunias, a new rake for the garden, a package of zucchini seeds and two cucumber plants Garry wanted ( I pointed out I had planted a row of cucumber seeds the day before) and one eggplant for me, even though I KNOW THE POTATO BUGS WILL EAT IT, like every year I try planting them. Oh and a cabbage to eat, well to make salad with possibly for tomorrow, since we are hosting a student/staff picnic at 11 am for May first- which is the big beginning of spring holiday, like May 24 for Canadians or Memorial Day for Americans.
That's why I am up at 11 pm, boiling potatoes for salad. Good thing I checked the pot on the stove, they are cooling off now.
Anyway, here are your crop photos for this week. In the photo above, can you see the darker green wheat field? That far one to the left is our field as viewed from the road from the village to the highway.
Here's a closeup. It is several inches taller and thicker than the other fields of wheat nearby.
Garry says you can see the damage caused by the freezing temperatures we had ten days ago when we had the snowstorm.
The real alfalfa fields should be ready to harvest in two weeks, it is about a foot tall now. They will cut some this week, either as hay or greenchopped to feed the cows right away.
|The big alfalfa field|
|a very long pole|
|These guys came by bicycle|
OK, it's midnight and the potatoes are cut up in the fridge.
Since it was just 9:17, Garry had time to check on the corn before changing for church. Of course there is no corn up yet, but that does not keep him from checking on it by digging up some kernels to see how they are doing.
It took a little while to find one, because he had the guys use the harrow on the fields, he was worried the corn wouldn't be able to poke through the ground. The snow melting made the ground wet and the heat is making the soil turn into a very hard crust more than a inch thick. The harrow breaks up the top layer, but does not reach the seeds.
The problem was the harrowing made the rows that had been planted disappear, so it was hard to find one.
|He found one!|
|The root is growing|
After lunch Garry went to the new barn to breed some cows and I planted the rose bushes; then Garry rototillered the rest of the garden and planted two rows of sweet corn seed and his plants.