Another weird late-spring cold front blew in night before last but we were able to get quite a bit done outside that day. I finally got all my garden tools rounded up and organized for proper storage. It really makes no sense to have tools if you don’t take care of them.
We have an overhang on the west side of the small cabin. Our cabin is actually 2 cabins joined by a breezeway or dogtrot. The small cabin, a little over 200 square feet was our home for 5 years until we finished the big cabin which is a mansion-like 600 square feet. We added the overhang on the west side of the small cabin last year in an attempt to provide some later afternoon shade and moderate the summer heat in the non-air-conditioned structure. The entire building process of the big cabin was planned around maximizing breeze and shade potential in the summer. The back overhang was functioning mostly as a catch-all, so we decided to turn it into garden tool storage.
We were able to do some planting before the front came in. We thank the Lord for His provision of nice weather in the afternoon and the later rain. David disked up a strip next to one patch of winter wheat and we planted a southern pea mix. I love southern or cowpeas and like to try different varieties each year then add the successful ones to our Big Turtle Creek Cowpea Conglomeration.
We also planted test plots of Blue Goose and White Whippoorwill cowpeas and wide beds of Red Cored Chantenay and Prodigy carrots, beets, and Hidatsa Red Indian beans inter-planted with American Giant sunflowers.
We stacked a nice load of mostly cottonwood firewood from a dead tree David took down for his mother. Some people say it’s an inferior wood to burn, but we’ve had no problem with it or with other less-desirable woods like elm or box elder. This wood was very dry, not hard to split and burned hot and fast. We’ve learned how to mix and match wood depending on weather conditions and what we’re cooking. Here’s a link to a good discussion on using cottonwood as firewood. Basically, as the one gentleman stated, any wood is better than no wood and we prefer to try to use deadfall when we can as opposed to taking down our oaks.
The lighter wood is the cottonwood, the darker at the bottom is mostly elm with a little oak.