500 Beauregard sweet potato slips left Steele Plant Company in Tennessee on Monday, bound for North Stonington, CT.
UPS arrived with them today at 6:34pm, just after we had finished moving the sheep fencing in the front yard.
We sprang into action, wanting to get them planted while it was cool and before the next couple of days of rain made a muddy mess in the garden. Roy jumped on the tractor and attached the tiller and started tilling the unplanted part of the garden, while we prepared the mud bath for the plants and got the tools. Three of us shoveled to make mounds, one layed out the plants, another poked planting holes at regular intervals, another placed plants in the holes, another put mud in the hole with the plant and then someone came along and planted them and packed the mounds — all while it began to shower lightly and as we watched the sun rapidly setting!
Less than two hours from the arrival of the UPS truck we had 200 plants set in the ground! The rest of the plants head over to Hurst Farm in Andover tomorrow!
In between raindrops this weekend we’ll be planting tomatoes, peppers, squash, cukes, watermelon, cantaloupe and corn. Phew! Gotta love a 3 day weekend – especially since we got such a great head start this evening!
Wish I had some pictures of our escapades this evening, but there really wasn’t time!