For want of a tomato…

This is what our garden looked like early this spring.  I won’t tell you what ridiculous thing we traded to have this excavator work done, but I will say it’s going to save us an unpleasant step when we “process” our meat chickens.

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The beginnings our raised beds.

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Here’s the fence going up to keep the chickens out.  We used scraps of chainlink fence that we found on the property.

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My plants barely cast a shadow and it’s the end of May.

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I thought I would be super smart and put a soaker hose in the tomato bed with mulch on top so I could simply plug in the hose and let it water the plants.  I tried it once.  It sprayed water everywhere but on the tomatoes and took all day to do it.  I got the hose off Castanet.net.  I guess I should have asked about leaks, but I thought that was a silly question.

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Instead, I water the tomatoes by hand with the watering can I got from a garage sale for $0.25 (score!).  It only leaks out the end of the spout.

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The tomato plants got so big they fell over, cages and all, so I tied them back up with twine.  I baby them cause they’re the only thing I planted that did well.  And maybe the beets, but there’s only half a dozen so I don’t want to pull one up to check.

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