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Cotton picking time

| 10/18/2012 9:34:23 PM

You know that Ray Stevens song about where do my socks go when I put them in the dryer. I kept wondering what was happening to my yard socks until I looked under my desk. When I come in from the yard, I’d sit down at my desk to check my e-mails and FB and was kicking them off.  We grew up walking around barefooted in the summer and my feet need to be free.

My doctor tells me I need to exercise. This is my typical summer off day:

 Levi drives the tractor 0908 

I went to Coldwater Books to deliver some of my prints. After leaving I drove down through Spring Park to get a few pictures.  We really need a geese roundup.   It’s nice to have them in the park, but they’ve overpopulated so that you have to do the cowboy step trying to walk around. Then I drove back up down so I could check on the status of the construction of the locomotive turntable and roundhouse.  This day they were testing the turntable to see if it would hold up a locomotive and still turn.

   turntable and roundhouse 

I went by the Colbert County Tourism office and picked up a 75th Coondog Cemetery anniversary Case knife for a neighbor and delivered it. Then on to a landscaping supply in Spring Valley, and bought a load of bagged composted manure and mulch for Mom.  At first she started out wanting one, then two, then called back and upped it to three.  I bought eight.  After I got home, she landed up with four.  I unloaded the compost on a pallet I have on the other side of the underground fence to keep the hooligans from dragging the bags all over the lower forty.  I put the tiller on my tractor and tilled part of the garden area and a meditation circle I’m working on.  It has a circle of star magnolias around the outside of the circle and a sugar maple in the center.  When the maple gets tall enough to shade the area, I plan to put a sitting area under the tree.  If you pull in my driveway, the maple is in a direct line at the other end of the property.  I’m debating whether to plant a circle of peonies or daylilies or a combination of each.  I worry that if I plant a circle of peonies and the shrubs get too large, I may have to move the peonies.  They don’t like a change of scenery.  Daylilies don’t mind a move.

10/20/2012 5:01:37 AM

Mary, ha, a hammock? I'd never get anything done at the garden with a hammock there. :0)

Mary Carton
10/20/2012 4:06:52 AM

Dave you need a hammock also with that picnic table. You can really think of a lot of stuff to do while swinging or snoozing. Yes, the leaves have to be removed from cotton before picking. The stuff they use just hangs in the air and stinks. If you don't the cotton picker will pick the leaves and the cotton will be full of trash which will reduce the quality and makes it harder to clean. Thanks for visiting.

10/20/2012 3:32:16 AM

Mary, you mentioned that the big tractor was spraying defoliant on the cotton. By that you mean that the spray actually causes the leaves of the cotton plant to fall off the plant? I didn't know that had to be done before picking the cotton. It seems like an awful big tractor just to spray a cotton field. I like the idea of a meditation circle. The combination of plants that you have chosen would be very nice while sitting under the tree pondering life's passions. I have an area in Terra Nova Gardens that resides next to a giant cottonwood tree. There's a picnic table there to sit and wonder about all the wild critters as the skitter to and fro being the best wild critters they can be. Many garden ideas and plans have been spawned from that picnic table and I suspect many more will come from pondering under the cottonwood tree. Have a great fall cleanup day.

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