April 17, 2009
I finally tallied up all my seedlings and, wow, there are a lot! I’ve got about 18 trays of seedlings (mostly tomatoes for my plant sale) and I gotta say that they are a pain to water indoors. Usually I like to water them from the bottom, i.e., fill up the tray with water and let the seedlings soak in it for 5 minutes. With so many trays, I really needed to get them all lined up to water them in order:
Easter weekend was really busy with super weather. To take advantage of it, I toted my 600+ seedlings outdoors for a little tour of the back deck. Here they are all laid out under the pop-up tent for shade:
They only stayed out for about half an hour and I made sure that they were all in shade – too much wind or sun at once makes their little leaves burn and curl up. It was so easy to water too as I just filled up each tray with water and let them sit for 10 – 15 minutes.
I also made it out to a gold mine of 4+ year-old horse manure on the weekend too:
I know it doesn’t look like a lot however I estimate it’s at least 6 feet deep and roughly 100 square feet in size. It was actually the smaller of two huge piles.
I’ve never dug my own horse manure so of course I brought all the wrong stuff. I wore waterproof sneakers when I should have worn rubber boots, I brought a shovel instead of my pitchfork and small plastic bags instead of heavy-duty paper bags.
The only advice I was given was to dig down until I “hit the black stuff”. Not knowing what that was either, I dug until I started to see worms:
I figured that had to be a good sign. It was about three feet down:
I quickly realized that horse people are super awesome and generous. They pointed me in the right direction, lent me a pitchfork and a wheelbarrow and gave me some horse chow bags and some baling twine to tie up my huge bags of poop:
On my way out I snapped a quick pic of this horsey dude:
I thought my car would reek of manure but it actually wasn’t that bad. The worst stench was on my clothes.