I was just looking at the calendar and realized that, other than garlic, the planting season is done here for the year. Wow. Time flies when you aren't looking! It's over... Until January of course! Then we can think about next spring. Those babies you see in the picture are now starting to lay eggs. I still can't get over how cool it is to have babies born right here on our place. I'm looking forward to more. I'm still hoping for baby bunnies and to add a couple of goats eventually!
I almost started fussing at myself when I started to think of all the things that I "could" have planted this year. Then I figured it's best to be grateful for all the wonderful food we HAVE grown this year.
Besides, next year can only be better.I will have to admit that all in all I think we did quite well for our first year here. Even though the garden was the largest either of us have had in the past, it produced well for the first year. Much was learned out there this gardening season.
I wasn't able to put up as much as I had originally hoped to. Much was learned about that too. I just know that next years canning will go much more smoothly and much much faster with the high pressure propane stove my mom sent. (Thanks MoM!) I need to be sure to tell her one day that she gives "good gift". Always has.. LOL
The good thing about a new garden is that with proper care you know that next year will be even better as the soil improves. Shoot, in a couple of years we might even get all the dang Bermuda and Johnson grasses out of it. (Yeah, I know.. Dream on right?? lol )
So in looking back I must say that was some of the best money we've ever spent (other than a tiller of course) on the garden. The system that Mars put together worked great all summer. The irrigation tape is rated up to eight years too so I guess we'll wait and see just how right or wrong that is. And so for around $2oo we have a watering system that should last for a few years.
Of course there are smaller parts involved that might need to be replaced in time but that is to be expected, heck all the valve parts are plastic. The parts are pretty inexpensive (read cheap here) but have to be ordered by mail if they are needed. If you would have told me 5 years ago that I could get so excited over something like a $200 irrigation system I would have straight up laughed out loud. Funny how things change over time isn't it?
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