Things are really growing around here. Finally. What a long spring that was. Joe just finished planting beans last week. I do not have any witnesses or photos, but if you saw a man doing backflips as he left a soybean field south of town, that was my husband celebrating being finally finished planting soybeans. Don’t tell him I said that.
Other things growing. My son’s legs:
We’ve also got a special flower project that is growing. I set a goal for myself to clean all of our outbuildings this summer. Huge undertaking. Joe and I aren’t pack-rats, and I do clean in them every now and then but it is still tough. My reward for finishing cleaning out our hoghouse which includes sorting through all the kid’s outdoor toys, was to take the time to upcycle these:
The first job was to clean the tires and I won’t swear on here, but it was a manure-y type of job. No photos of that….I like my camera way too much. Then, we painted the treads red with a brush. This took a lot of motherly patience as Vince and Liv wanted to use SO MUCH paint. No pictures of that step either.
I had some potting soil left over from my other flower pots and found some compost (if you will) while cleaning corners and crannies in the old hoghouse.
My neighbor gave me some bulbs 3 or 4 years ago. Wow, do they multiply! Canna lilies grow to be huge, usually over my head. I had a beautiful row in my vegetable garden last year that I was hoping to take a photo of…but the frost beat me to it.
Each fall, the tubers need to be dug up and stored inside. Here is what they look like.
Next, Liv cut out a circle of weed-stopper fabric to lay in the bottom of the tire. I thought it would be a good idea to keep the soil inside in case we need to move them for some strange reason. Then, we needed to fill them with soil and I realized I didn’t have nearly enough. So Vince took some gravel that had accumulated in the granary and put that on the bottom. We then put some dried manure in as well. I was a little leery if this concoction would allow anything to grow but…
The fantastic part of this location was it’s proximity to a water hydrant. Bonus! I also walk right past it to push up heifer feed every morning, so no forgetting to water it.
My next thought would be to put a rod of some sort with hanging flower baskets over those 2 poles that protect the hydrant. I think Joe could weld something for me for my birthday, right?
I hope I didn’t put way too many bulbs in each tire. I guess we’ll find out!
Lastly, one little tidbit, I did a video blog! It is of me standing in front of our dairy talking about giving tours to the public: http://youtu.be/B9aVe5dHFhY. Huge thanks to AgStar for pushing me out of my comfort zone with a video blog!