Saturday, November 7, 2009

Planting Party Weekend at the Blueberry Farm Day 2

Yesterday, we planted and installed temporary irrigation on 1400 blueberry plants which ended up being about 1/3 of the total plants that we acquired this weekend. Farmer Mac, Clarence, Bob, Bradley, Clayton and Carla installed irrigation line and connected it to the well.

Today's crew did more of the same then connected the system and saw shooting geysers along the connection points. Needless to say, some of us were all liberally sprinkled with irrigation water before it was over.
Has this ever happened to you? You're going along minding your own business and then suddenly the sky opens up and from one minute to the next, you're completely soaking wet.

This morning we had a completely new crew of planting volunteers. The nieces from next door arrived excited and ready to go at 8:00. Wyatt, Hollie and Kylie started out with us on the planting until the adults arrived.

Mom, Martha S., Melody, Shawn, Wayne and Nina were the volunteers working with the morning planting crew. Then about lunchtime the reinforcements arrived. We added Ashley, Keith, Joy, David, Blaine, Bree, Taylor, and Maali. Although you can't really consider mom, Shawn or Maali volunteers since, along with Farmer Mac, Wyatt and myself, they're part of the Farmer Mac's crew, I do want to acknowledge the hard work and effort they put in too. :)

Bree and Taylor were so cute. Once they realized that work was being done and this wasn't just a play date, they came out to the field. Taylor said "I'm here to work." Bree and Maali chimed in too.
They started as plant runners and then graduated to planting. It lasted all of about 20 minutes, but it was good while it lasted and they were soooo cute!

Billy and Troy showed up on their motorcycles in the mid afternoon, but more as a cheer leading squad than as part of the working crew. Troy was a plant runner for a while and Billy dug some holes and they both took a ration of teasing from the rest of us, but it was all in good fun.

Julie and Karen made lunch and afternoon snacks for everyone and Martha and Rob cooked summer. We had a big discussion on which made dinner. Do you consider dinner the noontime meal or the evening meal? We were divided about 50/50 based on the people in the discussion.

At any rate, about 3:14pm we had planted the very last plant 3 times. What this means is we thought we were done the first time and then we found another plant in the bottom of the box. We planted it then found another one.

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