This week has been exhausting. But, for all intents and purposes, the garden is IN!!! There are a few things will get a second round of planting (i.e. lettuce, beets, corn), and a few that go in later (sweet potatoes, eggplant), and some afterthoughts that I’m not real concerned about happening one way or the other. It feels VERY GOOD to have it done.

Thank you, thank you, Beth Andrys! She has allowed me to bring the kids over for daycare everyday the past week! Without question, not even half as much would be in now, if not for her amazing care. And, the kids love it there, so it sure makes it easy on me to leave.

Total for Wednesday and Friday is 49 tomato plants, 92 peppers, and 8 melon hills. The peppers have a bit of a story… I dug 35 holes and put 24 peppers in. Then I decided those aphid-eaten leftovers were definitely not worth the effort I was putting into them, AND Jordan wanted me to space the rows further apart so he could till between them. So, I filled all the holes and REDUG (not sure about that term) the holes — actually, Linda did most of the digging — and put 68 new pepper plants in, nice healthy ones this time, purchased at Kusler’s Greenhouse, here in Kulm. All 68 holes were dug and peppers planted yesterday. This is me about 1/2 way through, cursing silently (that’s what that funny smile is):

I picked the kids up from daycare and still had about 20 left. The good news is, kids pass the time pretty happily when they are surrounded by dirt and machinery.

In the first pic, you can see they were riding the 4-wheeler, which Jordan hooked up to the garden trailer yesterday. Grandpa Bill made the trailer for us last year from an old pick-up bed, and it has been very useful getting our tools back and forth! Here’s a better look:

Tomatoes went in well. I read in a few places that tomatoes like lots of calcium, and planting eggshells right with the plant is a great way to give them that extra calcium. A friend of ours heard me talk about the idea, so she saved me 15 dozen eggshells from a catering job she did! So wonderful, and it was just enough to put a handful in with each plant.

And we have more newbies coming up! Our first cucumber, kale, wheat, barley, and popcorn! Jordan planted the last three only 5 days prior, if you recall. All that careful attention pays off, boys and girls.

If you ever wondered what a corn plant looks like right when it splits through the soil, here it is, with my thumb for comparison:

A curled shoot, spiking through the ground. It will unfurl into the first leaf, also called the flag leaf.

And, I almost forgot to mention my big discovery. During all my digging, I unearthed something. This giant rock! The 4-foot yard stick is there for size comparison (I don’t know why it is a 4-foot yard stick… or why someone would make that).

Every time my shovel hit rock I would move over a little and try again to see if I could get to the outside of it and leverage it out. Despite the heft you would assume latent in my 5 foot 1 inch frame, I soon realized that even if I dug deep enough to get under it, I could not lift it out. So, I had to abandon the hole and move on. For a very brief moment early on, I let myself imagine it was a real treasure chest! It was an exciting moment!

Now we get a very short breather before we have to start weeding like mad.