This past week has finally seen a good amount of rain. We have a had a grand total of 38 mm since Tuesday. Previously we had about 25 mm but all in one day and then it got hot. Some of that previous moisture is still in the ground so the recent rain builds on that. This will really help our late plantings as well as everything else in the garden and all the new trees too.
We have been regularly bringing manure and compost up from the barn. The manure being piled in a long windrow and the compost going to the new seed beds and to the new garlic area. The windrowed manure will be covered with leaves and straw and allowed to decompose over the next year. Other garden refuse from us and others will be piled at the end of this windrow. We will also be preparing the areas for next season’s potatoes, corn and squashes and that will need to have compost spread on it as well so that it will be ready to go in the spring with some of the preparation work already done.
The work of gardening goes on with reasonably warm weather and plenty of moisture keeping things growing nicely. Lots of insects including various caterpillars, bees and butterflies. still around.
We are gradually changing our stance on things to accommodate a new position for us that takes climate change into account but we are also backtracking a bit in that we may start using a small tractor to do some garden work and get our older tractor, the one that we have had in storage for more than twenty years now, up and running and equipped with a loader for use in moving bales and compost and manure. But we are moving forward on trying to implement agroforestry on our small acreage, planting a wide diversity of trees, some of which produce fruits and nuts for eating while others could produce firewood and wildlife habitat and food. We got a start this past spring with our fruit trees as well as about 50 trees such as various maples, mulberry and oaks. Bushes and shrubs are part of this as well. More on this as we figure out all that we want to do. We are just starting.