a big day

It was a big day for my friend Justin at the farm.  He got to drive the tractor for the first time!!

Looking good!

Getting to drive the tractor is a big deal.  It’s like graduation. My boss handed him the keys (instead of a diploma.)  Don’t expect to see any pictures of me up on a tractor anytime soon.  My graduation is a ways off!

Justin drove the tractor in between rows of freshly planted summer squash and cucumbers.  We were placing sand bags down so we could place a huge row cover over all 5 beds.  It was a big project.

The row cover weighs a lot.

So do those sand bags!

And now our lovely squash and cucumbers are resting safely under the row cover.  Which is basically a big “Do Not Enter” sign to all the hungry critters out there.

Perfection!

Awesome crew!

A celebratory beer.

No dinner recipe tonight. We are heading out to eat with my father-in-law to celebrate his birthday.

See you all after dinner tomorrow!

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12 Responses to a big day

  1. Jean says:

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but do I see the gentleman riding and the women doing the work?

  2. Beth says:

    Hmnn… I second that question. But let’s be fair – It may well be a question of tenure and commensurate skill level.
    Help us understand what’s involved in achieving this graduation step behind the tractor’s steering wheel? How long does this learning process usually take?
    And once you’re driving the tractor, what’s the next step?
    Until your column today, it never occurred to me to ask about the farming learning curve. Now we know that driving a tractor connotes a certain skill level. Thanks!

  3. Liza says:

    gooooo Justin! mighty big deal!

  4. Charlotte says:

    So jealous- I can’t WAIT to get me some Chang An!

    Also, way cool shirt 🙂

  5. Karen Anne says:

    I’m wondering, remembering what hauling sandbags is like from a flooding situation, if there would be an easier way to weigh those row covers down. What about bags that you put in place and then filled with water? Then when they need to be removed, you could just dump the water out there.

    Or instead of using sandbags, using those giant staple-like things http://www.gardeners.com/Earth-Staples/11858,default,pd.html although maybe those aren’t strong enough. I bet it would be easy to make those yourselves cheaply.

    • drealieberg says:

      Actually the sand bags are easier than what we used to do. We used to shovel dirt onto every 2 ft of the row cover. The past few days we spent filling the bags (with dirt from the farm) and we can reuse them all year. It is still a major pain, but it works.

  6. korinda says:

    Oh my gosh, it’s 8:30 in the morning and I know EXACTLY what I’m doing when I get home – what you are doing in your last photo!

  7. Sue says:

    Great post today!! Thanks!

  8. Sue says:

    Hit ‘send’ too early. All this info about farming is very instructive to us who’ve never worked on a farm. Thanks again!

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