Saturday, May 19, 2012

Watermelon Elementary: Crop Rotation

Watermelons must be rotated from field to field each year. Depending on the land available, we like to have at least 3 years, preferably more, between watermelon crops in the same field. I have a little example of why it’s important.

This year we did a little bit of working in our field next to the barn. They cleared into a wooded area at the edge of the field and dragged some dirt from the that area out into the field. This dirt was obviously never planted since it was under trees.

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This picture shows how much the new dirt affected the growth of the vines from the start. The watermelons closest to my view point haven’t grown too much at all. The watermelons on the hill, farther away are in the dirt that was dragged from the woods. See how much wider they are? They cover the plastic and more.

The next two pictures are taken from the same row. The first is on dirt that had watermelons 3 years ago.

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Now these below are much bigger and growing in the dirt from the woods.

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The smaller ones will catch up for the most part, but watermelons planted in a field that has never been planted in watermelons grow super fast and produce very quickly. The vines are fluffy and thick.

It takes a lot of planning on Brad’s and his dad’s part to work all of the rotation stuff out each year. I’ll be honest; I’m glad I get to just talk about it instead of work on it!

Monday, May 14, 2012

{black}Berry good day!

Blair and I had the best (busy!) day today. She sacked out as soon as I put her to bed tonight. She didn’t even want a sippy cup of water – that is HUGE!

This morning we played inside with her magnetic dolls – clothing is great to work on “s” and “sh” sounds – as well as “dr”! We did a few things around the house and played draw something on the ipad – also great for “dr,” so that works out nicely.

She wanted to ride the ranger, so we headed out to look at the pig next door (we do this weekly) and the watermelons. We have one field that is coming on fast. Watermelons have never been there before, and that means they will grow really well. I have a post about this coming up as well!

First we ran in to Brad. He was walking across one of the fields on the way to the watermelon field I wanted to see. At first I could not figure out why some guy would be walking across a huge dirt field, and then I saw his truck! Checking his cotton… I should’ve known!

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So he and Blair get to “helping the little cottons come up.” This is just a fun thing for her to scratch the dirt off of the top of the seedlings.

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Back to the watermelons. On the way we ran into some blackberry bushes. It didn’t even dawn on me that it was time for them. So I picked a few and asked Blair if she wanted to make a cobbler for daddy. I thought I could get two cups easily enough. The first ones we looked at were even in the shade and some at eye level – pregnant mama loved that!

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Blair started picking and couldn’t really get to many without getting scratched, so she became the cup holder. All I had was a Tervis Tumbler I had been drinking water out of. We filled that up, and I went a looking for something else to put them in. I ended up with a huge zipper plastic bag from the glove box that held some documents for the Ranger. Yes!

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Blair was so cute… As I was picking and handing them to her, she’d say “THANK you, mama! I really like ‘em!” over and over again. We got what I estimated to be 4 cups pretty quickly – yummy cobbler in our future!

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We headed on to the watermelon field where they are looking good!

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watermelons coming on 051412 (8)Are they this big mama?

I let Blair pick one of the pollinator melons. She was so proud.

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And she licked it.

We headed back for lunch and a nap. When we got back to the house, she hesitated for a moment while sitting in the Ranger. Then she said, “I’m thinking about red peanut butter” (creamy). We made grilled pb&j sandwiches. Then she even told me she was ready to go night night, and she wanted to get in the bed by herself. :( And she did. Covers and all.

When she woke up, she wanted milk. She lay in there a little while longer (very usual for her to lie there for a bit before she calls us), and then I hear, “Mama, I’m hiding! Come find me!” She was still in her bed. She told me to “go check all the other places.” So I went about the house asking was she here and there. I finally made it back to her bed and “found” her. She said, “I’m hiding again; you come find me. Check all the other places first.” She’s still in the bed. So I repeat.

I asked her if she had a good night night: “I sure did!”

We made the blackberry cobbler and then went swimming for a little bit. When we got back, we made a pizza. She wanted “hauce, onions, and cheese” on her piece. When I gave it to her, she gave me her most dramatic “thank you HO much!” And she ate every bit. Plus a whole banana “like mama eats it” (biting it off instead of chopped) and some cheetos that were on the table from lunch.

Then she got to talking about the baby. We have these conversations often. She is so excited and has gotten a good picture of baby life from my sister and niece.

B: What’s the baby bowie going to eat?

Me: Mama’s milk.

B: And he’s gonna have to have a milk breathing treatment when he comes tomorrow! (Everything future is tomorrow; the past is last night, yesterday, or the other day.)

She is referring to a breast pump. “Milk breathing treatment.” She’s seen my sister’s, and she named it a breathing treatment from the start.

Such a funny day – like always with this happy one!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother’s Day and Daddy’s Birthday

We had a busy Mother’s Day. After sunday school, we headed to my parents’ house to see them and my Pop who was visiting for the weekend.

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Brad’s birthday fell on Mother’s Day this year, and since I had to work Saturday, Blair and I worked on his cake while we were at Gigi’s.

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We had supper that night at Brad’s parents’ house. Blair loves when her daddy’s home, and she was so excited about singing to him on his birthday!

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We had a great day!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Gus’ Headband

B: Mama, come take my picture with Gus!

Me: Who put that hanger on his neck?

B: I did. I gave him a head band.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

It’s hot… let’s swim!

For months, we have been telling Blair that it’s not hot enough to swim. I told her that we could go after daddy’s birthday. So she’s been saying, “When we have our birthday, we can go swimming!” Well, it’s been really hot here, and the neighbor whose pool we use said it was open and that their kids were swimming.

Soooo… when Blair woke up from her nap on Monday, I asked her if she wanted to go swimming. The JOY on that child’s face is indescribable. Her eyes got huge, and she said, “Is it hot enough?!” in the cutest voice that got almost too high pitched at the end to even understand! Then she ran around the house so excited she didn’t even know what she was doing!

She had a ball.

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And she pushed the 3-legged cat in. Oops.

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And of course we want our towel wrapped like mommy and daddy.

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Looking forward to some good days swimming this summer before this other little one get here! I may need to get some by myself so I can actually relax!