So, today I want to show you the planting progress we've made over the past week.
The maize has grown, and we're beginning to lay down the mulch covering:
On the other side of the path, lies the land that was just recently cleared. Virgin land. It's not ready to be planted by the tractor, so we used the only two oxen that remain (we sold the rest once we received the tractor in January), Big Ben and Valentine. Can you tell who is who? :)
We implement as many no-till practices as possible, but this ground needed the plow just this once. See that large ant hill in the back? Yeah. Tractors can't really plant on that. By next season it will be down, along with the dozen (at least!) others like it.
As long as the ant hills remain, though, my kids will climb them!
AJ doesn't look so sure he can make it up like the big kids :)
my kids+1, kings and queen of the mountain
Back to the oxen, though: See Big Ben and Valentine at work.
Big Ben is the Big Man, if you will. The saying "strong as an ox" must have come from him! :) He's quite a naughty ox, though. Yesterday on my morning run I caught him eating our mangoes. Mangoes which, by the way, are getting bigger every day!
And, in case you were wondering, we still have plenty of rain (and mud).
Of my three kids, Tai is definitely the one most in love with mud. He cannot walk by a mud puddle without trying it out. Today's mud puddle splash ended with him looking like this:
This last photo has nothing to do with Friday or the farm. It's from a few weeks ago, and I love it.
So there. That's reason enough to post it :)
Okay then! Enjoy the weekend with your family...