The last few days of cultivation
July weather stretches out sweet potato vines and sunsets to provide me with respite from the long hours of preparing, planting and weeding. Once the sweet potato vines begin to “run” into the spaces between rows, we will only tiptoe through the field to inspect progress, monitor pests, and to hand pull the occasional weed. A few more days of cultivation and we will park my grandfather’s Farmall 140 (our cultivating tractor) in the barn until next year. A few more days of pulling weeds and I’ll straighten out my back after the last row has been weeded. Then I will walk over to the hammock strung out underneath the locust trees and stretch myself out on a warm summer evening.