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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19 comments on “Glad to be Muddy

  1. Sue says:

    I imagine those plants will really put on a lot of growth now. It’s funny how no matter how much you water, it’s the rains that bring all that gorgeous growth.
    So glad to hear you’ve gotten some rain. Let’s hope it continues. How about every third day? Sounds good to me!!
    (oh, if only it worked that way!)

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    • Bill says:

      And we needed rain everywhere. The pastures needed it as well as the gardens in cover crops. Such a relief to get it and just the right kind. It’s still raining as I write this. 🙂

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  2. BeeHappee says:

    As soon as you install the irrigation system, it rains. 🙂

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    • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

      It always feels wonderful when things finally break through, doesn’t it?! Here’s to Spring Rains & another season of New Growth : )

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    • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

      Lol! Yup! Same as it never rains, when you take a raincoat, “just in case”; )

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    • Bill says:

      It’s been a couple of weeks since then and we needed it everywhere on the farm, not just the areas with drip tape. But it did occur to me that we no longer needed it in the gardens with the drip tape. 🙂

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  3. daphnegould says:

    I certainly rejoiced when we got rain. We got about 2.7 inches over three days. So it really replenished the soil a lot. I was very surprised that my cucumbers and zucchini had germinated. Our temperatures were only around 50 each day during the rain so it was cold.

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    • Bill says:

      The rain has really pulled our temp down too. It’s 63 here right now (normally the hottest part of the day). I haven’t checked the gauge yet but it’s been raining much harder today so I’m sure we’re well over an inch by now.

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  4. Laurie@hinterlands.me says:

    Look at that broccoli! In Maine, it’s still only a whisper.

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    • Bill says:

      Ours has really come on strong this week. Nice big heads. I’ll be harvesting them tomorrow. Funny thing is they’re growing right next to our cabbage and it looks to be a total fail. That’s one reason it’s good to diversify. 🙂

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  5. bobraxton says:

    ensō (円相) rain soft / gentle / mist light

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  6. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    So Shiitake like Oak leaf litter, do they?
    Did you get them started with inoculated logs or …?

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  7. hamertheframer says:

    There’s so much here since I last looked! It’s good to find you busy. I wish I could join you at the Wild Goose.

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    • Bill says:

      You would enjoy it I’m sure. Maybe someday. If you noticed my remembrance of the late great rooster Elvis, you may have noticed that we took your suggestion and named his understudy (now the boss rooster) Little Richard.

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  8. Seeking Joyful Simplicity says:

    The Wild Goose Festival looks like an amazing experience – have a wonderful time Bill!

    (And happy you are enjoying the rains.)

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