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Danged nice irrigation system! Love little Willa skipping along in the [sign in to see URL] wonderfully unencumbered and happy! emoticon

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Nice set-up for irrigation!!! I wish we could do something like that. We need to get a larger pump, so we can irrigate from the spring instead of using our well water. DH accidently forgot to turn the water off the garden one night, and we went 2 days without water, because it ran the well dry! NOT good!

LOVE the photo of Willa out in the dirt. A girl after my own heart!!! LOL

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She's still in her jammies in that photo. The first thing she did that morning was ask to put her boots on so we could go to the garden! I couldn't resist - such a cutie.

It's been raining, which is good in general, but bad for finishing the rows and planting! I really really wish the little plants were in - they would LOVE the rain, but the soil is just mud right now and can't be worked.

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Texas, hope the weather cooperates. DH had planned on getting our garden the rest of the way tilled and all this past week, but he's been out of state since Tuesday. He's on his way home [sign in to see URL] be pulling in any minute. Needless to say, nothing has been done to it since he 'ripped' it. And, he probably won't get to it till maybe next weekend now. All of his own stuff, work-wise, has had to be let go this past week, so he has to play catch-up with paperwork and such. His right-hand man kept the rest going while he was gone, thankfully.

We've had perfect planting days, weather-wise all this past week, and now, today, the weather can't decide if it want's to be sunny or cloudy, breezy or not, rain or [sign in to see URL], it's doing all of the above! Maybe you'll be able to get in the garden sometime this week! emoticon

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TONS of progress! Most of the garden is tilled. We've had one problem after another with the tiller though. The whole thing should be done now but there is one 15 foot strip that has to wait.

So, the garden is now about 35 by 65 feet. The "back" 15 feet are for berries and other perennials. There will be an additional 15 feet on the 35, so leaving a square 50 foot by 50 foot garden for all the crops.

The garden is divided into straight 50 foot rows, 5 feet apart, so there are 10 of them. We still don't have the irrigation but I HOPE that will come next week. Fortunately, we've had cloudy weather so I haven't had to hand water the whole thing EVERY day!

So far we have 16 tomatoes, 5 tomatillos, 19 peppers, 6 cucumber and 18 eggplant in the ground. I hope to get the rest of the tilled area planted this weekend! It's so much fun to be out there.

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The closely mowed area at the far part of the garden is yet to be tilled. The strip closest to the fence is the perennial area. The already big and bushy plant is "weed" fennel from the garden we planted 3 years ago! And [sign in to see URL]'s a dead pecan tree in the background! The top broke off in the last storm. Need to get several dead trees removed. Hopefully we are through with drought for awhile!

Willa is being very helpful for about 30 minutes in the garden. She helps pick up the rocks that seem to grow out of the soil every night. She is already great about bringing me things if I'm sitting down and don't want to haul my pregnant butt up again. But after about 30 minutes, she starts to get 'naughty' and pulls leaves off of plants, or stomps down the middle of a newly prepared row. I think we just need to come up with more ways she can help and we can increase the time she stays out there with us. I'm sure by the time the garden is really going, she will be the perfect help!
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WOW! That looks fantastic! emoticon
And I'm certain Willa will love 'harvesting'. I know my son liked to bring in what we picked, but hated pulling [sign in to see URL] I had to watch him. I remember once, he could not have been much more than 3 years [sign in to see URL]'d given him some ripe tomatoes to take to the house. When I got back [sign in to see URL] tomato had a wee bite out of it. I asked him about it, he simply said in that childlike innocence they all have..."I had to taste each mommy to make sure they was good!" emoticon
NO way in heck I could get upset with that kind of logic! emoticon

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WOW, Texas! That looks awesome! I know how frustrating it is when your equipment keeps breaking down on ya. I hope the tiller gets fixed up good and you can get things finished up.

DH finally got our garden tilled with the tractor, and so far, all we have is a small lettuce bed planted. I [sign in to see URL] this week, but next, he plans on getting as much of it done as [sign in to see URL] of the 'good days' to plant are all between the 20th and the 26th, I think it is.

His tomato seedlings here in the house are doing well, but his pepper seeds have yet to sprout, so not sure if they will or not. We may end up just having to buy pepper plants.

Maybe by the time things start coming in, Willa won't get distracted and she'll be a big help picking, and/or carrying things in. She seems to love being in the dirt as much as her Mommy does, so bet she'll enjoy that part just as much, too!

Hope you manage to get the irrigation going!
[sign in to see URL] all those nasty storms missed y'all. I've not heard from A. so not sure if they got hit there in Killeen or not. I know that stuff was headed toward East Texas. [sign in to see URL] hoping you're all OK!

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We had an insane windstorm on Saturday that knocked a few branches off of trees, uprooted a few tomatoes (we got them back in!) and almost blew down part of our fence. It rained for awhile on Sunday. We were all out in the yard when the cold front moved in. Literally it dropped 5 degrees with one gust of wind - it was amazing to feel. Didn't get much rain. It was actually the perfect amount to water the garden and give everything a good drink!

Hope A fared well too!
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[sign in to see URL] got some rain, and some of the wind, but not as bad as y'all apparently got. They're [sign in to see URL].

I hope the tomatoes are going to be OK. Poor babies!
At least the garden got a good drink, and hopefully other things greened up some as well.

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We got a bunch of green beans, okra, summer squash and more cucumbers planted over the last week. It's really starting to look great out there. The irrigation line is supposed to go in tomorrow. Fingers [sign in to see URL]'s supposed to rain! emoticon
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