Beau October 1st, 2007
A big Happy Birthday to the Yellow Labrador today! He was born on this day last year, and is leaving his puppy days behind. He doesn’t mind however and is getting to be a big dog- I don’t even know his weight. I took him to the field yesterday with some other Labs for dove hunting. He has never met another Lab until yesterday… or a female dog. Suffice it to say he was very excited! He did okay though, he found the birds before I did, but wasn’t really sure what to do with it the first time. After that he made a decent retrieve, but is still a little mystified about the whole process. I didn’t have a chance to work with him with real birds yet this year, but hopefully he’ll pick it up quickly as the season goes on. But he’s just a great friend and fun to be around.
It was time to turn the garden under, clean it up, and prepare it for next year. We cut down all the stringy vines, and pulled up the old vegetation. After trimming everything back (except for one lonely tomato plant), I carted all of it off to a pile that I can burn in the months ahead. So then it was time to lay compost on top of the garden. The tractor was really helpful, especially since the fence encloses the entire garden. We could lower the bucket over the fence for filling it up, and dumping in the compost! Newspapers do the trick over top of weeds and such. We put them down and I used the tractor to scoop our compost and dump right on top. The compost is really just leaf litter and grass clippings that have been in a pile for the last 3-6 months. Hopefully it will help keep the weeds down, and we’ll add more leaf litter as top dressing over the fall and winter months.