Memorial Day Weekend in Helen Keller’s Home Town


| 6/9/2013 9:39:06 PM


All American Tiger daylily 

I had a three day weekend Memorial Day and spent my time planting and mulching my tomatoes and cucumbers.   I planted an improved variety of Cherokee Purple, an heirloom tomato that is my favorite.  I planted them deep and used moisture crystals, normally used in hanging baskets and plant food.   I left a low space around each plant that will hold water. This method has worked well for me.  I rarely need to water my tomatoes. That Saturday was very calm, so I put a thick layer of newspapers down over the whole area and put a layer of composted sawdust over it.   After planting, I had to decide which hooligan cages protecting plants around the house I could turn into tomato cages.    While I planted the last of the plants Levi decided to harass Blackie and they had a merry chase around my newly planted garden.  After the chase, Levi rolled up in the low spot on top of one of my tomato plants.  

planting corn with help 

The Hooligans really had a busy weekend.  I was mowing grass and noticed Patches trying to climb up a mulberry tree.  When I pulled the tractor under the tree to pick some of the ripe mulberries, something shot down the tree, Levi grabbed it and started running for dear life with Blackie in hot pursuit.  She finally caught up with him and grabbed the other end of whatever he had and a serious tug of war started between the two.  Soon Patches was trying to grab the pullee in the middle.  Worried that she would get in a big fight with Blackie, I drove toward the house calling her and asking her if she wanted a biscuit.  I kept calling her and directly Blackie comes running up and she has the front half of a squirrel in her mouth.  I get a shove and tried to get it from her and she isn’t having anything of that.  I go to the house and get some dog biscuits and offered to swap the biscuits for the squirrel. She drops the squirrel to take the biscuit and I throw the others a little further from the squirrel and scoop it up the carry it off for disposal.   

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