What a June! We were out weeding and getting beans planted right up until dark tonight and I commented how crazy it felt to be hand weeding without tools at this time of year. The ground is chock full of moisture and the plants are responding! Jason is tucking in trombone squash vines into the trellis at least once a day, and today twice. Water, sun, soil, compost and seeds are a pretty amazing combination! I spent the first few hours of my day going out and in with tea, lettuce, spinach, kale, mustard greens, sugar snap peas, snow peas, lambsquarter, amaranth, basil, and parsley. I weeded as I went and Alida joined me for part of the time, picking some red currants in the kitchen garden. So the morning was veggies and this afternoon after Alida's nap I worked on fruit but only got as far as the red raspberry patch (picking several quarts) since I got side tracked in the potato patch and ended up weeding the whole thing (giving what I found to the goats to keep them quiet) and picking off a good number of potato bugs! Thankfully Kali got inspired to pick black raspberries and found about a quart around our place. Maybe tomorrow on the red and white currants?
It seems that around here our best laid plans must be held loosely. Jason's last two work days have been exclusively work that was not on our radar when last we went over the project list. And it has been hard and heavy work. That rainstorm I mentioned in a previous post ended up dumping about 2.5 inches of rain in about an hour, after we had received an inch the night before. It had no where to go and so it ran on the surface all over the place!! Here's a smattering of pictures of what we found after the rain let up. There was plenty of fun to be had and the duckling was quite impressed, but Jason has been rebuilding our driveway and still has a ways to go.
|Nora's garden retention pit was full to the top!|