Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Weather...its amazing

So the last few weeks the weather in the Southeast has been a little crazy to say the least.  One day its 85 and the sun is brightly shining the next day it is overcast and 58.  In addition we have had our fair share of storms.  The storm that hit Alabama late last month didn't really affect us greatly.  We just had a few down trees and powerlines.   However last Tuesday night a big storm hit.  No tornadoes hit but the straight line winds wreck havoc on our area. 

Schools were closed or delayed.  Trees were down everywhere.  Roofs were ripped off of barns and more. 
We personally experienced the damage on our farm and in our backyard. 

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Our commodity shed had its roof ripped completely off and the majority of it was taken off still intact.  The few sheets that ripped off individually wrapped around a telephone pole about 25 yards away. 

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The sound of the ripping sheet of tin combined the wind moved calf hutches a few feet as well. 

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The small feed bins also suffered some damage being blown down into the driveway. 

Needless to say with all this wild weather we have had a good chance to get our family garden planted.  So yesterday after school Wyatt and I stopped and picked up some seeds and tomato plants.  We then headed to Grandma & PawPaw's to plant the family garden.  We are using the field they have used for years to plant a garden since our house is just across the road. 

So far we plan to plant a few rows of sweet corn, indian corn, tomatoes, watermelons, squash, onions, potatoes, cucumbers, bush beans, carrots, peppers, lettuce and pumpkins. Yesterday we got a the first row started, with the help of Grandma & PawPaw of course.
 We laid out the rows and planted 28 tomato plants, about 2 dozen onions, and maybe 3 dozen potatoes. 

The best part of having a garden at Grandma & PawPaw's is their wealth of knowledge.  Its wonderful to have them share this with our young son, who of course thinks the sun rises and sets with his great grandparents. 

Over the course of the next few months I'll make sure to post plenty of pictures and post about the growth in our garden especially since this is my first encounter with a large size garden.  Wyatt wants to sell some so he can save money to buy some new tractors...we will see how that goes.  You will find this farm wife is more comfortable with a 1,500 lb bull than a 1/2 lb of beans.

In addition to farm life Wyatt has begun playing T-ball and I am Team Mom.  So each Saturday we spend about an hour at the local ball field with 2 dozens 3 & 4 year olds. 

(Pictures coming soon).

Have a great week!