Get yourself a cup of tea, maybe a cookie or two, I'm taking you on a journey.
Along the way you will discover my secret to growing the best cucumbers and why I have steel toed muck boots!
...caution not for the faint of heart or those that are squeamish
First gather you equipment...
Guessed where I'm going with this yet?
Snow Shovel? Yes because...
We're gonna scoop poop! I find a snow shovel more efficient for scooping large quantities of poop that just a little shovel, and after all efficiency is my middle name, choke, gasp, groan...that was my hubby when he reads this, lol!
I want you to notice how I tried to make that poop shot look as artsy as possible as not to offend you all's sensitivities...after all I'm all about you!
First the crowd begins to gather...
But where's the big guy?
Hmmm what do we have here? Maybe some grain or a little hay?
OK...this does NOT smell like grain!
Meanwhile I'm shoveling away, oops. Wipe poop off lens cover...
Sometimes you just need to put your leg into it...how is it that manure turns to concrete?
Oops dropped the shovel...what are the odds? Of course it falls on the before side rather than the after side? The results?
A very pretty shot of camel manure...wipe poop off shovel handle.
Fully loaded and ready to go... now move Gizmo
Notice white arrow? It points to the reminder to me not to lock a camel in his house when he doesn't want to be locked in, ughhh.
Hey get out of the way darn it...
What don't you understand about MOVE? Don't make me get my stick!
Finally make it out and to the gate...NO you cannot come with me!
A tour of my backyard starting on the left,
Sweet Girl's and Baby Boy's play set (the instructions said it would take a few hours to put together...took me two weeks!)
Next is one of the wood piles, I insisted on a brown tarp this year because the blue one was just tacky...of course a tarp of any kind is kinda tacky but less tacky is better than more tacky!
Next comes the giant fir tree in the pasture that used to hang to the ground until we got a hungry camel...
A sewer pipe that we didn't use when we built the house that lies on a slight incline so the kids use it as a tunnel for their cars and to yell through.
Finally are the tracks the wheel barrow is making in the grass because is it soooooo darn heavy! Notice I'm having to drag it behind me instead of push it? That is what you must do when you have overloaded it with camel poo!
Bystander along the parade route...
Through the garden gate...the one that is made of hog wire that I put up temporarily...10 years ago! Remember my fantasy list about the Concord Purple Gates? Well this is where one would go!
We finally arrive at our destination...Row B, Bed #2...next year's home to...you guessed it, Cucumbers!
Dump a little poop
Spread it around
You have a poo covered garden bed...Oooohhhh Aaaahhhh!
Next I get out the lawn mower and mow the front lawn...
I take those lovely clippings with the chopped up leaves and dump them on said garden bed
Spread them around...
And VOILA'! You have a garden bed already for next year's prize winning cukes!
(The following is an excerpt from a later conversation with hubby,
"I see you mowed the lawn today"
"Why did you only mow part of it?"
"I only did as much as I needed to get clippings for the garden"
Rolls eyes, then sighs... "I knew it was something like that."
I love my husband
Last thing to do
Spread new straw...notice that I'm having to spread around giant feet and legs? You guessed it, the camel refused to move.......sigh! Now you know why my muck boots have steel toes!
Thanks for coming along on my little journey, next year when you are eating your fresh cucumbers think of me and what lengths I'll go...
Not quite through with ya...
This is what Gizmo did as soon as I turned my back to leave his nice clean stall...guess he showed me!
( you know I must love you to guard your eyes from the sight of a camel pooing, lol!)