We are now many more hours and a couple of months later. I had lost all motivation and hope that we would get anything out of our garden. I have been so discouraged. We did have potatoes and sunflowers come up pretty well. The rest of the garden however, is terrible. I bought fertilizer two weeks ago and never put it on because I was feeling like "what's the use". I sent all the kids out this morning and we weeded and buried the potatoes again. In the weeds that seem to love this ground we found a few plants that are still holding on. There isn't a lot of time left in the season to get much but I did gain a little hope today and plan to fertilize tomorrow.
I hope that the 60 Raspberry plants, 7 grape vines and 11 fruit trees that we planted this year all survive and grow. Our soil really can't be called soil. It is pure clay with no nutrients. Somehow the early Pioneers were able to get this dessert to blossom like a rose but they somehow forgot my little section of that dessert.
We did have a a fun respite from planting at the time. Doug had just hooked up the piping for the irrigation system and was testing it. All looked good and he turned it off. As soon as the nozzle closed the pressure in the system blew the main valve and water spewed in the air over 40 feet. This is the second time that has happened so we just laughed, made a phone call to the city and had fun. The kids started running through it and putting their heads in the geyser. The greatest fun was pulling the weeds and throwing them in the water to watch them go up in the air, break apart and fall. It was a very fun!