Schmidt Homestead

Our new home in Woodburn, IL

Monday, May 14, 2007

We got most of the garden planted this weekend. We’re going to have way more than we can eat, but I want to see what we can grow. We have corn, cucumber, green beans, peas, squash, radish, lettuce, carrots, beets, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkin, sunflowers… We still have to do the tomatoes, which will be in a different area and a pumpkin/squash patch. I bought a pack of mixed squash/gourds, so that should be fun to have for decorating at thanksgiving. Emily is going to give us some loofah seeds that she got when she grew it in South Carolina. I always thought loofah was a sponge that came from the ocean, but it’s actually a squash that’s been dried out. I’m following a book that Steve gave me called “Carrots Love Tomatoes” to plan the garden. The book tells you what things do and don’t grow well together, so we’ll see how well it works.

We got a tiller for the tractor, and it made quick work of tilling up the garden. Steve also used it to break up and smooth out the area that was dug up for the septic system. Then he took it to the neighbor’s house and tilled a huge area where they want to put their garden.

We waited too late this year to plow the area for the garden, so the grass didn’t have time to die off before we tilled it. We’ll likely fight grass and weeds this year, but maybe we’ll be on the ball a little better next year.

We’re getting pretty comfortable out there. Steve finished the stairs for the deck, so now we just need to finish the floor (we have plywood laid down) and put up the awning. We moved one of our dressers, a bookshelf, and our rolling white kitchen cabinet to help with storage. Steve fixed the kitchen sink, so I don’t have to do dishes in the bathtub. We went to the Habitat for Humanity Restore on Saturday (that’s where all the Habitat ‘extras’ go). We got countertops with sink basins for both bathrooms and a big cast iron two basin, deep bowl sink for the kitchen, all for just $90! We also got a phone hooked up in the trailer. We still can’t make long distance calls without a calling card, but at least we can receive them inside.