Saturday, May 10, 2008

HORSE ... ER ... POO

We live in the country now. This means Big Daddy has some big plans for our little 7.03 acres. Most of these plans involve livestock of some sort, but that's not going to happen any time soon (or ever, if I have anything to say about it). However, one plan of his that will soon be a reality is a vegetable garden.

Those of you who know Big Daddy, know his motto - "If a little bit's good, a whole lot more's better." He applies that to, well, pretty much to every area of his life. The vegetable garden is no exception. He was ready to have half of our property plowed up. I talked him into a garden the size of our neighbor's (about 20' X 40'). We'll have plenty of room for corn (which has become somewhat of an obsession with him for some reason), and all the other peppers, tomatoes, beans, etc. that he wants to plant. We may even have room for some daisies and black-eyed susans.

So, the plants are sitting in little pots on our back porch, awaiting the tilling of the ground. Our neighbor is going to get a roto-tiller today or tomorrow for Burnie to borrow. In the meantime, Big Daddy has been gathering manure. For a while, he insisted that we travel an hour away to ride around his business partner's neighbor's pasture picking up cow pies. But, he eventually reconciled himself to going to the woods behind our house and picking up the manure our neighbor's horses have left on the trails. He has spent almost every free moment yesterday and today collecting horse poo and making a big pile behind our house.

And, of course, if a little bit of poo is good, a whole lot more poo is better.

Did you know that horses "produce" 50 pounds of manure a day? I believe it.