Pioneer Woman at Heart
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One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Mushy Mess ~ And Yet More Rain
All this rain...humidity, no sunshine....
Oh, why not.
It really is in disarray this year.
Although, so far I see only one hot pepper plant did not make it due to the excess rain.
Here it is...
This is a snippet of what I am dealing with this year. There is a garden in there somewhere. I promise you. You can see where I started to dig out the green pepper plants. It rained for many days and I could not get in to weed (or till), and Tuesday I was determined to get something weeded. I wanted the weeds out, so the sun could get to the dirt and start drying it up.
Day one was somewhat successful out there (doing this job is by myself), but I could only get in about 4 feet (from the edge) in some areas, and 8 - 10 feet in other areas, and not able to get in at all in the remainder areas. When I started to sink 6 inches in the mud, lost a flip flop, and stepped on thistle, I knew that was as far as I would get. There is no way the tiller will get in there for days yet (that leaves the weeds between the rows for another day).
We had one day with sunshine, but rain is in the forecast later today, and for (again) the next 6 days. It's actually due to hit us at 10am this morning already. Yesterday it was late evening.
The garden is saturated already, and I am not sure what this next week of rain will do to it. It already has standing water in areas.
I have Hungarian wax peppers on the plants and I am desperately digging out the weeds around those. I found the basil, but only half the seeds sprouted. The plants however, are so small right now. The moisture and weeds are delaying good growth. The plants are about 6 inches tall right now. My only hot banana pepper plant was planted at the edge, and it's about 15 inches tall, but no peppers.
I went out to the other tomato patch and dug out what I could there, but it was a mushy mess too. And loaded with thistle. One plant has a tomato on it already. That area is typically the driest, and I was sinking in it. I could only work from the edges and as far as the hoe would reach.
After I showered off my grime and dirt, my 18 year-old asked me where the drill is. I looked around. I couldn't find it. I could find the needed screws, but not the drill.
The dilemma? Orion (Big Boy) destroyed his goat shed. It's mostly our fault. We moved him using the lawn mower and a cart the last time, and it was already falling apart. We should have secured it then.
Hubby pulled in after 7pm last night, and 4 of us went out to re-assemble the goat shed. We all sweat through our clothes again.
I'm heading out to see if I can get into the garden any more than yesterday. I still have to weed the popcorn patch, and the one way out with cabbage, cauliflower, etc. And my flower beds look terrible. I may have to enlist the kids after the house work is done. They helped with laundry, floors, and dishes yesterday.
I'm praying the rain holds off and the sun re-appears. We do not need more rain. The river behind us is flooded up into the fields next to us.