Wednesday, May 12, 2010

HooCoo Part II

This past weekend we were able to get our hands dirty again over at HooCoo Farms. It wasn't time to plant just yet. Local meteorologists were calling for frost on Mother's Day. Frost! The nerve.

So instead of transplanting 500 of our little seedlings (that's a rough estimate--I'll get back to you on that one) we busied ourselves with tilling up the back half of the garden. That kept us all busy for about six hours. Tilling is not for the faint of heart over at HooCoo. Upon the vacant lot there once stood a house. I think we're slowly digging it up. We MP, VP, and Viceroy dug up at least eight cement blocks and over 15 bricks (somebody had to be on baby detail!). Between the four of us we found a fork, a smashed tart pan, a stake, a cigarette lighter, a piece of a broken dish, lots of grubs, and maybe it wasn't this time, but someone found an arm of an action figure once.

The ground is nearly ready. Just a little more tilling and weeding and we'll be ready to plant!

But while we've been waiting around in the rain and frost, the garden decided to go on and be productive on its own. Look what we found:
Little Butternut Squashes!

Nestled in amongst the beets!
Last year MP's beet crop was washed out by a spring deluge. The butternut squash crop never made it either--the reason is still unclear. But this year, this year, everything is different. The beets are coming in strong--so strong we'll have to thin them out. The butternut squash, they came up on their own!

Those butternut squash plants...just like a stubborn child! You prod and hope and bribe and demand--you do everything you can to make them do what you want. In the end, they'll do it when they're good and ready. They came up when they wanted to--no one transplanted seedlings, no one planted seeds. They popped up on their own free will crowding the beets and completely disregarding the excel spreadsheet VP so carefully created. The experts would call these plants Volunteers. I call them a bunch of obstinate veggies.

We all decided to sit back and watch the six volunteer butternut squash plants; to see if they survived the cold snap and if they'll make it through a transplant. I think they're tenacious enough to pull through.

I'll keep you posted.


  1. Also, there was a truck, which I believe was the first automobile extracted from this site.

  2. So what did you do with everything you found? You should start it's own little pile and see what you can figure out about who lived there. Could be a story there
    Have fun! Sound like you have your work cut out for you!!! Glad you enjoy it.

  3. Yes. I do have my work cut out for me. The question is: will I enjoy it? I've never done this before and that's what makes me nervous! :)