The grading company showed up last Thursday to begin grading the yard. Yes, I was ecstatic. They worked for a few hours and then left. Then they showed up bright and early Friday morning and began again. Until the rain started pouring down so heavily they had to take cover in their trucks and wait for it to slow down enuf so that they could load up all their machines and depart once again. And I was so hopeful....they have about 4 hours of work left to do he says. So far they have probably put in about 6. Of course there is rain in the forecast for the next 2 days and then once the rain stops the ground has to dry out enuf for him to be able to do anything properly. Before he left he saw my little tomato plants just patiently waiting to be nestled into the earth. He says, you need to get those in the ground. I agree, I say. He says, we got most of the heavy work done out here, so go ahead and get those plants in and we will work around them. Really? Gotta love him. His wife puts in about 100 plants every season. My 35 seem minuscule compared to that, but none the less, he sees the importance of the plant. Rising food costs, he says. Cant hardly afford to shop at an actual store anymore. Besides, he says, garden fresh is better anyway. I'm sure you can tell by the size of my belly....as he pats it ever so nicely.
So, this weekend, darting the rain, we manged to get the plants in and secured. Got the stakes in so that when they get a little bigger we can keep them upright. It gets so darn windy out here that leaving them to their own devices is asking for trouble.
Online we found a really nifty cucumber trellis. We went out and purchased all the supplies and S and J got both of them built in a jiffy. It folds flat so that it makes for easier storage. And underneath it you can grow some tasty lettuce that will be shaded and stay cooler from all the vines. That may happen later...or not. We have yet to master lettuce plants. In due time, right?