Yes, we have actually had some hot weather the past two days. Both afternoons gave us a thermometer reading of 80.1 degrees in the shade. Can you believe it? Glory be! And has the garden been loving it! As my daughter said today, "Your garden is finally growing and looks like a real garden." No kidding, it made visible growth in the last two days. Amazing.
Today (in the heat . . . but I shan't complain after our endlessly cool weather) we got all the wood that took the nose dive out of the big wood shed re-stacked and started on the very last tier. Notice in the picture where Papa Pea placed a couple of old 2 x 4s on the ground to tilt this last tier back? No way we want it to fall out again!
We also worked on getting some more wood split up. Sure am glad we have our mechanical splitter to use. We both had sweat dripping off us during our splitting session, and I can't imagine what swinging a splitting axe would have felt like today.
I got the potatoes in the garden hilled up for the second time. Out of the three rows, I had one two foot space that has been bare . . . until today when two potato vines poked through. Guess those eyes just needed the shot of hot weather to start growing.
I've been picking about a quart of strawberries every day. I don't know how long it will last, but we sure are enjoying them. So far, we've been eating them fresh, in smoothies and in the Strawberry Shortcake I made. I'd really be happy to get several quarts in the freezer for smoothies after the season ends, but I don't know if that will happen or not.
We also went out into our little hay field (yepper, more sweating) and picked up what we call "green chop" that hubby cut yesterday. He cuts it with the cycle mower and lets it dry for 24 hours. Then we run the lawn mower over it (with the blade set as high up as it will go), and the grass/hay is vacuumed up into the bagger. That then gets dumped into burlap bags that we hang up high in the storage shed. During the winter, we feed out the "green chop" to the poultry. They gobble it up like it's candy. Must taste pretty good when they haven't seen anything but snow on the ground for months.
'Twas a good day, and now I'm tired. I was going to go into my quilt room to make a little progress on my current project, but I don't even have the energy for that tonight. I'm going to grab a book or magazine and hit the couch for an hour or two. If I don't fall asleep first.
Garden Bounty ~ King
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