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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

My first tapioca patch...


Good afternoon, and welcome to my 6x6 foot tapioca patch. Today is a particularly hot day, reminiscent of the blazing summer that we thought we'd put behind us after some brief bouts of rain last week. Also, it didn't help to be out in the open a half hour before noon attempting some intense bushwhacking before preparing the slender but sturdy stems to be planted. If you want to get a better idea of the bushwhacking, just look at the wilderness on the periphery of the patch. That's what this entire stretch looked like before there were little tapioca stems sticking out of the ground. Also, I'd like to make a special mention to my mother for assisting with this and trying as hard as she might to make this work easier for me to do in any way that she could.

There are lots of things to be apprehensive about, first and foremost of which is if I've stuck these stems into the ground the right way down. Or was that up? :-S

I've decided to be less of a city-bred brat and get more involved with my immediate surroundings, and things like this offer me the opportunity to put this into practice. It also allows me the chance to put ideas of living an agricultural life, in some part, into practice. Well, I'll have to wait a couple of days before small shoots of green will indicate that my efforts weren't in vain. Until then, it's back to fighting off the urge to collapse due to heat stroke. No energy to wait anxiously, with bated breath. ;-)

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