Goodbye to Cactus and the Summer Garden

I don’t know exactly how I’m going to celebrate this week, but for sure, I am going to celebrate!  My 10 year plan has taken me 6 years, and I’m pretty ecstatic about it.  Ten acres of little bitty cactus is cleaned up.  There were times I wondered if I’d die out there while I was digging!

We just harvested 2 sugar baby watermelons that are perfectly ripe.  It was a volunteer vine in the garden.  Also, cooked the last of the okra (I’m pretty sure).  I do have a few green beans trying to produce and a cherry tomato plant with all kinds of blooms, so we might get a few tomatoes.  Everything else is done in the garden, and I know Don is itching to take the deer netting down and till up the weeds.  We’re going to add a lot of peat to the garden this year to help improve the sandy soil.  After Don tills, we’ll put down some corn gluten meal to help control the weeds.  I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that when I plant the legumes (cover crop) they won’t have a problem germinating because of the corn gluten.  The seeds are pretty large so hopefully they’ll be fine.