Still planting things outside...

Thanks to rain, more rain, flooding, wind, wind and more wind, and sudden temperature drops over 2-3 nights last week, I seem to be spending all my time dealing with emergencies rather than what I had planned to do for that day. When it dumped 2 inches of rain on us the other day, the central part of one field turned into a lake! I spent my time carving ditches along the walk aisles and then another right down the middle of the field (following the contours of the land) to try and drain it away. This sort of worked, but it turned into quite a mud bath! A number of times I found my boots completely stuck as I tried to take the next step. I don't know how I managed to avoid falling flat on my face! At least the red winged black birds are happy. They took many baths in the little pools of standing water. The twins were happy too. They discovered it was great fun to run back and forth along the muddy ditches and play in it until they were thoroughly muddy from head to toe. Glad someone's happy about it!

Getting the plastic mulch down took for-EVER!! I did it because last year I was drowned in weeds. But it took so long this year, I'm not sure it was such a great idea. Then with the wind, it seemed like they would all be yanked up and flung across the field! After all that work! In fact, 2 or 3 did nearly escape. Norman managed to catch a few before they took off, and I managed to catch one. It was still attached on one side, and I was holding on to it for dear life while the wind was billowing it out in the middle, like a sail. Must have been hilarious to see, but it wasn't too much fun at the time. I couldn't let go and go call Norman for help because it might unravel all the way down the bed! Amazingly, I managed to fight the thing back down again, and dig dirt over the edges to keep it down!

With the plastic down, I could finally start planting vegetables in the big garden. Of course, the minute I started planting out the tomatoes, the wind decided to pick up to about 20-30 miles an hour for 5 days. For the first few of those, the temperature dropped to the 40s at night and the poor tomatoes were all stretched out in a South/easterly direction (north/west wind) with cold-damage on the tips of their leaves! I had to wait to plant out the remaining tomatoes. But finally, they are all out and staked, along with the peppers at last! Yay!

 Looks like the wind is doing it's best to pick up the plastic mulch 2nd from front!

Looks like the wind is doing it's best to pick up the plastic mulch 2nd from front!

 Some tomatoes staked, yay!

Some tomatoes staked, yay!

 Very very windy!

Very very windy!

 Lettuce seedlings, all wind blown to one side.

Lettuce seedlings, all wind blown to one side.