Glad to be Muddy

It felt good to be muddy at the end of a long days work yesterday.  It rained all night and day.  The total rainfall was well under an inch, but it was a soft gentle mist and light rain that soaks well into the soil.  The gardens (and the gardeners) rejoiced.

Happy broccoli

Happy broccoli

Shiitakes at last

Shiitakes at last

Winter squash

Winter squash

I planted the watermelons nearly a month ago. It's nice to see them at last.

I planted the watermelons nearly a month ago. It’s nice to see them at last.

And in other news, we’ll be presenters again at this year’s Wild Goose Festival, which is always one of our favorite weekends of the year.  The theme of this year’s event is peacemaking and we’ve titled our talk “Peacemaking through Sustainable Living and Ethical Eating.”

Here’s a promotional video for the festival.

This year’s event is July 9-12 in Hot Springs, North Carolina (near Asheville).

I hope you’ll join us there if you can.

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Planting Sweet Potatoes

I put out over 1100 sweet potato slips yesterday.  Come October, that should be a lot of sweet potatoes.

With Irish potatoes, you plant the potato itself (or a piece of it). Sweet potatoes are an entirely different plant (in the morning glory family).  With sweet potatoes you plant slips (sprouts).

A bundle of about 50 maple leaf slips.

A bundle of about 50 maple leaf slips.

The slip is planted like a transplant.

The slip is planted like a transplant.

I planted the Baker's Choice variety as well.

I planted the Baker’s Choice variety as well.

Lotsa sweet potatoes

Lotsa sweet potatoes

Best of all, we had a steady gentle rain all night, which is just what these  plants need to get off to a good start.

For the last two weeks I’ve been spending almost all my time just trying to stay on top of things that can’t wait.  This morning I’ll finish staking and tying the tomatoes and, hopefully, I can finally turn my attention to some of the many tasks that I’ve been neglecting.  With everything growing like crazy it’s just hard to keep up this time of year.

Remember back in the winter when we were longing for summer?  Well, we got it.