Monday, May 11, 2015

a lesson in limerick

What a busy week! My biggest accomplishment of the past few days was getting the tomatoes in. This year I invested in a bunch of landscape fabric to use with the tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash. These are all one-row-per-bed crops with wide in-row spacing, which leaves lots of space for weeds. I figured the time savings later was worth the pain in the neck (not to mention the wallet) now.

But to get to that beautiful lack of weeds later, I first have to install all that fabric, along with the drip tape and fertilizer. And since it's the first year, I also have to make holes in it for planting.

Every day is a day to learn on the farm. This poem, with pictures, sums up the week's most meaningful lesson. I thought a limerick might be the most fitting form.

A knife is a slow way to chop
holes in the fabric for crops.
I recently read
you can burn them instead.
And you can! But they don't always stop.

All's well that ends well, I always say. The tomatoes are in!

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