At long last I was able to leave my husband home alone long enough to go to the oasis. I hadn't been there since June 9, the longest I've ever been away, 24 days. While it was wondrous, it was overwhelming with so much needing done. I wasn't able to water everything, and wasn't able to eliminate the weeds that desperately needed removing, namely, goatheads and Cowpen Daisies. I used a weedeater to cut down a bunch of the latter. It's, at best, a temporary aid. Couldn't get them all, and they'll regrow. Need to get help, I guess.
As for the goatheads, I worked on them until I was exhausted, and needed to get back to town to fix Hugh supper.