Summer is Here!

Spent the morning in the tomatoes.  Norman used the mantis(small tiller) and weeded the rows, then went by hand and got most of the weeds that were too close to the tomatoes to use the tiller on.  I went through and cut the lower branches off the tomatoes, cut out any suckers that did not have buds on them and tied up everyone to the next to the top wire/rope.  The new way of lacing the plants is working great and most of them are tall, straight and strong and loaded with buds, blooms or small tomatoes.  When they reach the top line I will cut them off so they don’t grow over 5 1/2 feet tall.  Then they will put their energy into making nice big tomatoes.  I could only work about two hours because I got into the poison ivy again this year and didn’t realize I had so my face is covered with the oozing blisters and when I get in the sun they really itch and hurt so when the sun got to the tomatoes, my time there was limited.  I only got one row done, tomorrow I will go down at 6 and get one more row done before breakfast and go down after breakfast and get one more done.  then I will have only three more to go!!  We stopped and picked enough green beans for dinner, dug up about ten pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes, and the rest of the Georgia sweet onions.  I also got some garlic and a few shallots.  I did lace up the posts for the cucumbers as they are getting tall and starting to set small cucumbers.  We should be eating those next week along with the zucchini.  The berries are still not ripe.  Last year on the 9th of June we picked three quarts of raspberries and two quarts of blueberries but none are ripe yet this year.  The bushes are loaded and they look great but they are not ripe yet.  We knew this year is two to three weeks behind last year because of the cool spring so we are not surprised.

I do love my DSL but I still have lots of email address to change so need to spend some time here on the computer.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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