Phelan had his special weekend with Opah and Omy this last 4 days. One of the things he likes to do is drive the tractor around the yard. He has now learned how to come to a complete stop without killing the engine. He can reach both the brake and the clutch at the same time.
The boys came all prepared to set up the pool today. So, we dragged it out and filled it about half full. Only Ryder stayed in long enough to get wet. Casey and Phelan decided it was too cold and just played around the edges.
Boys day at Opah and Omy's started with a quick flight over to the local airport where everyone gathers on Friday morning for donuts and coffee. I can only take one at a time, so Phelan got to go first. When we got there, there were only two donuts left, so we took one home for the other boys to share. That's our white and red high wing, Aeronca, in the background. Looks like someone is giving it the once over.
When we got back from donuts it was time to get Omy's birthday tree planted. The day before, I cut down an old apple tree that wasn't producing good fruit and I made a space for the new tree to grow. Everyone had a job, Ryder and Phelan dug the hole and Casey put in the bone meal fertilizer to help the tree get a good start.
Ryder likes to invent things. For this creation, he took an old glider body and wing, attached a couple of AAA batteries, a small electric motor, a propeller, and a switch. He soldered all the connections and tried the switch. Sure enough, it worked. The test flight showed a couple of things. One, the weight was a little too much for the wing area and two, the batteries ran down very quickly so the test flights had to be discontinued.
Today we finished planting tomato plants. Eight in all. Aligned in a row, 5 in one raised bed and 3 in another. As a temporary measure, to protect them and keep them warm, each one is in a plastic wrapped cage, two feet in diameter and four feet high. Behind each plant is a trellis two feet wide and 8 feet high. The plants will be pruned and trained and tied to the trellis. There are already blossoms on all of the plants. The jugs you see at the base are filled with water to retain the heat from the day thus warming the plants at night.
Today, between showers, we put into practice what we learned yesterday about growing good tomatoes. What you see behind Marlene are trellis's and a couple of tomato cages wrapped in plastic. The plastic will hold in the heat until we are sure the frost possibility is passed. The trellis's will hold the growing plants in a vertical alignment so the vines and fruit will be kept off the ground. We'll keep you posted on how this all works out.
Saturday was the third in our Community Garden Association's series of "Seed To Table" classes. Marlene taught the first two which were held at the Canby library. For this class we invited a Master Gardener from Washington County to teach a class on growing potatoes and tomatoes. We set up our temporary, very nice 20' by 10', metal and vinyl structure, brought in our folding chairs, and the class began with 11 attendees from our Canby area. Our garden association got a grant this year of about $7,600 to coordinate and teach these classes. So far they have been very successful.
Marlene and I are both retired. We enjoy traveling in our motor home, flying in our plane, gardening, and spending time with our grandsons. We live in the country on an acre of land which is part of a residential airpark where each house has a hanger attached and we all have access to a grass airstrip for take off and landings.