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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Garden Progress

Some views of the garden, with some of the vegetables planted: After tilling the soil, we put down this biodegradable barrier which is supposed to limit weed growth, hold moisture, and make your children's teeth straight while they sleep. All we had to do was cut a hole in the barrier and plant our little peat pots into the gumbo - I mean, soil.

That is my shadow running along the fence line. I took the picture while standing up on the tractor.
Another view. We planted beans, peas, zucchini, two types of yellow squash, carrots, tomatoes(Cherry and Roma), and OKRA! We are Texans, you know.

Here are the bones of some unfortunate ram or goat critter which was carried onto our property after dining. There was an empty jar of mint sauce with it....
And finally, here is the ubiquitous Texas brush pile. We were moving some of the wood from the front part of our property and I decided to place it right on top of a large patch of prickly pear cactus. I figured I could eliminate two things with one fire.

I got to thinking about when to burn this brush pile, and then it hit me. St. Patrick lit a bonfire on Easter - rather, at sunset on Holy Saturday. What better time to burn our little patch of flammable Ireland than on this coming Saturday? Of course, several criteria would have to be met: verification that the burn ban for the county is lifted, standby water, minimal wind, and some other issues would all have to fall into place. I am hoping I could start a new Irish tradition on our property, and I am certain I could come up with a pile of brush just as large next year!
Now that I have thrilled you with the photographs, here are a couple of videos of the garden/property work:



Watch little brother almost take out big brother with a stick throw:

6 comments:

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Now don't be silly DWNK! That's not a garden...it's a whole countryside!

dadwithnoisykids said...

That property to the West of us was just sold - 24 acres. I think it is God's way of telling us to put in a swimming pool. But first, we have to get rid of every bit of debt....

Natalie said...

Wow! I love your garden. Hopefully after we have our 6+ kids, we can settle down on a nice piece of land. We have just 1 boy now and 1 boy on the way. I love big families. SO much fun.

dadwithnoisykids said...

Last night we got a freeze and lost a lot of these plants despite covering them. Bummer.

Natalie said...

That stinks. Sorry for the loss of your plants. =(

Ana Daniela P. said...

Praised be Jesus!
Gee,to me your garden looks beautiful! A lot of work to because it is so big. Actually a farm. Keep posting about it, please! And I hope you will have a BLESSED EASTER!

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