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Date:12/28/2014 2:53:17 AM
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May Mania, Planting
So last Friday we started planting. There's a tradition at La Ferme Sabloneuse that we plant corn on May 10, Pa's birthday. The old school rule of thumb is to plant corn when the oak leaves are the size of a squirrel's ear. Well, nothing here had leafed out at that time, but one thing about hobby farming is that you do what you can do when you have the time and manpower to do it. So, as I had promised Eldest Brother David that I would help him this last year that he did the valley garden; When I saw him and his wife Dear Susie planting corn I joined them and we put in most of that garden.

Sunday I roto-tilled my home garden and planted some potatoes in the valley garden. Monday I planted my home garden with corn, beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash. Later, when the threat of frost is past, I will put in transplants that I had started earlier in the house in addition to pepper and tomato sets that My Ruthie has purchased for me from the greenhouse.

I was gratified last night as only a Countryman father could be. One day after cutting up seed potatoes and planting them, my Punky (my daughter Amanda) called me at 9 pm to ask me how deep should she plant her seed potatoes. She and her boyfriend Matt were at the table cutting up them up for the next day's planting. Punky's garden comes in addition to her efforts to beautify the property where she and Matt live. She told her mother that last Sunday, as she and Matt were discussing their summer projects, she was forced to exclaim, "Oh my God! We are just like our parents.!"

There's a saying that a farmer's got dirt in his veins. This means that even though they leave the farm, a farmer's kids can't help but be connected to the soil. So it is with my daughter and her man. I am made to think that the most important crop that a Countryman and woman grow is their children. --Gary
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