Had a very busy day today. Got awoken out of bed by my wife’s cousin’s husband, he brought a dump truck full of creek rock to fill in our lower driveway that’s been gutted by floods over the last couple of years. I did what I could to spread it out, but had to go to town to get the car’s oil changed. When I got back I hooked up the grader blade to the tractor and properly spread it out over the drive. It looks so much better now, just hope we don’t get any more heavy rain for a while so it can settle in. I had never used a blade before and think I did a pretty good job.
After taking a break I had to mow the lower orchard, which hadn’t been touched in about 3 weeks. OMG it was a jungle, I had to mow at the highest setting (3.5") and it still bogged down some. After mowing and re-mowing at a lower setting, I finally got it done, what a chore that was. Lots of big, wet clumps of grass everywhere, won’t let it get that deep again.
After that, I threw down some straw mulch around the 21 pepper plants that were put in the ground last night, and right at sunset, I was able to weed the 5 Triple Crown blackberries that had gotten shamefully choked with weeds and grass. Looks much better now. The Doodette planted a bunch of cabbages (20 or so) that a neighbor gave us for free, just hope the deer leave them alone tonight. She planted Flat Dutch, Stonehead and Bravo. Yeah, they probably needed to be planted earlier but when they’re free, you can’t be picky. She also sowed some radish seeds.
Also, since the indoor tomatoes and peppers are getting so big, I put them outside today under the deck to start hardening them off. These really need to get in the ground, hope to do that in about 5 days. The weather’s actually supposed to dry out and cool down next week, so that’ll be a good time for that. They were outside at least 6 hours and they look like they handled it alright.