Thursday, March 18, 2010

Its Garden time!!

We have decided to give the garden another try.  Our first year was amazing!!  Then the drought in Texas started.  We planted year 2 and we lost it all....well I think that we might have harvested enough green beans for a meal or 2 but that was it.  We fought until the bitter end...spending hours and hours and hours watering it.  The Texas heat (one of the hottest on record) was just too much for it and we had to quit.  It was hard to take that loss...yes its only our garden and not our livelihood but it was still hard to let it go.  Year 2 was such a dissappointment that we didn't even try in year 3, plus we were still in the middle of a drought.
Year 4 appears to be pattern seems to be alot like it was our first year. So we are giving it a shot!! Now this isn't your normal backyard we like to do it up BIG!!  So far we have planted 5 80ft rows of sweet corn, 12 20ft rows of green beans (3 varieties), 5 25ft rows of black eyed peas, 5 25ft rows purple hull (cream peas), and about 15 mounds of zucchini done. We got a good steady rain on Tuesday so hopefully we will see some sprouts by early next week.  Still have a lot to get into the ground!!  But this is a great start!!

Kids and their friends helping pull the weeds out.

Green beans planted on the right and left of this path, along with blackeyed peas and cream peas

Kinder Rodeo Days

Last Friday was Rodeo Days for the Kindergarteners!!  Zachary counted down the days until he could go to school dressed like a cowboy!!  Ya know boots are one of his favorite things to wear, so boots and a the boy was in heaven!  They played lots of cowboy games and ate cowboy food--a good ol hot dog and cactus juice.  They even ate some real cactus later that afternoon. 
He really wanted to wear Pa's hat....I really wanted him to as well, but I was soooo afraid of someone mistreating it.  So we opted for Daddy's well used and abused hat.  I can't tell you how many of the teachers stopped me and told me how much they LOVED his hat!!

Watch out ladies....he is gonna be a killer cowboy!!

Don't ya just wanna grab those cheeks?!?!!

He came home and know all he has talked about is wanting a horse.  Maybe one day we will have a horse up here again.....honestly I miss having one here.....