Raised Beds one more time
September 2, 2011, 8:38 pm
Filed under: September
No more bending!

August 2, 2011

     I just had to show the raised beds now that they are finished. They are 30 inches high, 5 feet wide and 24 feet long. Two rows of strawberries will fill one bed. The other will be for a sort of kitchen garden. One thing for sure, green beans will grow there … well at least be planted there 😮
     Today was hot, muggy and sticky. We attended the Geauga County fair. We took my father-in-law. I pushed him around in his wheel chair. He is a victim of age and a long couple winters in World War II. It was my honor to spend the day with that 89-year-old veteran, whom I call dad. We had a good time, saw lots of very nice animals and a whole lot other exhibits. This fair is the oldest in our state. It is well done and well run.
     I must say that after a week of playing in the dirt, chores and farm stuff pushing the day from dark until dark, I am looking forward to a few days of downtime. That means working the draft horses on the manure spreader, skidding a few firewood logs out of the woods and just riding around on the wagon. This horse time relaxes me and makes me feel great.
     I do like the easy ways and have figured out what works best here on our farm. The raised beds will make for a much easier harvest of some fruits and vegetables, while my powercart helps me to work horses on modern 3-point hitch equipment. It’s all still work, but work that is enjoyable, rewarding and fun.
     Our corn benefited from the hot muggy weather of today. It is doing great. The ears are filling out and it’s hard to believe that it was only 4 inches high on the fourth of July. Our hot summer gets the credit along with crop rotation and composted manure for fertilizer.
     The Labor Day weekend is upon us, less than twenty days of summer remain. The children are back in school and the squirrels are foraging for their winter stores. I am scampering to finish my summer to-do list and am well satisfied with our progress…satisfied heck… I am thankful!

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