Today was the first school-free day for Secondo and Terzo. Poor Primo still has a week to go, compliments of Superstorm Sandy, who was responsible for his school having an extra week off in the fall.
Secondo took full advantage and finished getting his garden in. The state of the farm on the right sidebar has been updated accordingly.
I insisted that Terzo read at the same time, rather than play on the xBox, which had its intended consequence: he soon wandered outside to help. To be completely honest, Secondo was avoiding algebra work. It seems the only way to get them outside is to make the indoors compeletely unappealing.
I had work and errands to run today, so Secondo was more or less on his own. He came to the back door for a few questions but for the most part he figured it out himself. He remembered to place trellises around the cucumbers, and to stake the eggplants, and fertilize the tomatoes. Not sure it qualifies as a life-sustaining skill, but at least the kid can grow himself a salad should the need arise.
Photo with sun glare is the work of Terzo. I will try to get a better picture tomorrow, when I head out to help—yep, you guessed it— water and weed the garden.