Most people around here already have their gardens in, but I don't. It's just as well because they are predicting frost for the next couple of mornings. It's a little late for that, but not unheard of. We are just coming out of a warm rainy spell, part of the same complex that brought tornadoes and flooding to much of the Midwest. We were on the northern fringe of it and didn't suffer any damage, but my ground is still a little wet for planting. I hope to get some seeds in the ground tomorrow, and then a few transplants after the danger of frost is past.

This patch is where the log pile was, and is the same spot that I built up with topsoil taken from the marsh last summer. There is a lot of sawdust and wood fragments in it, which is not recommended, but it will rot eventually. Meanwhile, I'll just sock the fertilizer to it and hope for the best. Most of it will be in sunflowers because I don't want to put corn in there two seasons in a row. Our local feed and seed was out of planting grade sunflower seeds, but I picked up four pounds of feed grade seeds of the same species, black oil. I will plant it thick and either replant or thin if necessary. I also plan to put in my few transplants here: two tomato plants, two to four sweet peppers, and one hill of cucumbers. The sweet corn is going in the other patch that you can barely see behind the two barns.

By the time I finish with all that, I will likely have to start weed whacking (I believe you Brits call it "strimming") around the house and barns. Then some hoeing and weeding and, with any kind of luck, I will be fishing by this time next month, weather permitting. Like we used to say in the paper mill, "It doesn't take much to keep me busy."