I will keep this fairly short, but if you want to see how we’ve been doing with our garden this year, it’s a fair question that deserves a fair answer.

If you recall, we had a garden in last year, too.  And, it looks like history is going to repeat itself because we may be run off the property by all the squash that seem like they’re coming up.

We had been doing some general prep on the soil, tilling it for several weeks (total of maybe three times) while I applied liberal doses of rabbit poo from the neighbors across the road.  They raise rabbits and they’ve been generous with the leftovers, which they usually sell for a couple of dollars a bucket load.

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The occasional plants you see (which we’ll get to in a minute, are a couple of store-bought starters we picked up from Lowes.  The rows are each about 40′ long and double-rowed 18-20″ apart.

Next, my 90-year old mother came down from Seattle to visit this spring (having never been to the ranch before) and she did a fine job of supervising my installation of seeds.  Notice I say installation:  I’m trying to give the illusion of agricultural engineering.  Ha!  Not hardly.  Drop seeds in, a swipe with the foot, and throw water on it.

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Now, notice in the previous picture that I studiously put in some nice little markers that I picked up at Wal-Mart’s garden section.  “How cool.  I’ll just use these to tell me where what plantings start and end,” I thought.

Wrong.  Roll forward to this week.  See any markers?

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As it turns out, the squash department has become so aggressive that they’ve been offered a seat at the UN in return for not taking over all of East Texas.

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Meantime, the beans (or whatever they are – the marker is buried in there somewhere) are threatening to take hostages if I don’t water them just so.  And, that little tomato starter from Lowes?  It’s now a tomato tree an inch short of 6 feet (!)

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People in Texas don’t do a lot of weeding.  Just let ‘er all rip and pick the edible stuff.  Speaking of which, we got the first crops out this week – and from here through about December, we figure we won’t buy buying much of the imported veggies from the store.

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I’m a little embarrassed about my radishes.  They really are the size of a potato – and bite?  Oh Lordy, do they have a tang to them!.  The beet shown was picked early as part of the thinning.  The squash?  We took some young ones – the rest of the herd will be along shortly.

Next up?  The electric fencing will go back up – it will keep the raccoons from climbing over the fence.  Local animals seem to know just when the corn is ready for picking.  Not this year, though…


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