We had a barter deal in place - horse manure and rototiller work for a computer, but somehow we are without the computer and without horse poop, or the use of a rototiller. Such is the way life goes at times, I suppose. We've chalked it up to a good deed on our part, and we'll leave them to figure the rest out.
So, when our tax return finally came we decided to use some of it to buy a used rototiller and bagged manure. And so began the process of preparing the garden. I've said it before, and I'll say it again; many hands make for light work. We've got a 23x48 patch of ground tilled (multiple times), fertilized, limed, and raked, in a matter of working a few hours a day this week. My Man thought that I would want a bigger garden, but I'm trying to be very careful about not getting that new homesteader burnout that I keep hearing about.
I love my kids, and I love their work ethic. I honestly don't know how we could have such a big family without such helpful kids, and still be happy and sane. As you can see from the pictures, Columbus was the hardest worker, again. If we used chore charts around here I would stick one hundred gold stars by his name. Though, he was happier with the $20.00 that My Man and I slipped into his hand, I'm sure. Our kids don't get an allowance, but when there is extra money we like to reward them, or if they go above and beyond.
|The garden this morning.|
|The garden now.|
Next, we will move the raised beds near the garden area, get them filled with dirt, fence the whole area, plant what we can, and then wait to plant the rest. It's a little late, but I think in the meantime we will start some seeds. I hadn't bothered before, because when it became apparent that our barter deal wasn't going to work out I wasn't sure if we would even get a garden this year. This is turning out to be an exciting spring:)