At my desk in the greenhouse, typing away as I look out the windo occassionally, feeling the breeze, hearing the dog barking in the distance.
The days are noticeably longer, night time emerging an array of stars, the moon full then waning all the way until it appears to be gone. The days heat comes sneaky in the middle of the day, a pressure of heat that touches the skin causing sweat. I wake up to day break, peaking over the steep valley; colors grey, blue and golden/pink just before the dawns light erupts to day.
-Sometimes the morning is a deep fog, pressed into steep valleys, ravines, clouds among trees as the dew falls.-
I am consistently humbled by my surroundings.
The arrival of the redbuds, dogwoods, elms, hickories, oaks and herbs crowned with flowers comes with the passing of the seasons daffodils. The array was magnificent, boasting types and colors I had never before seen in daffodils! Different flowers have been planted in the spaces along trails, areas we’ve removed leaves from, where we have disturbed the soil for whatever reason. We’re focusing on feeder plants that will fix nitrogen, provide grazing, and create a nice fluffly layer of soil over the years.
We’re innoculating large logs and burying them under pea trellises, as you can see in the image above. The peas will grow over the stumps, those innoculated with Hen of the Woods (Maittake), and they will wick water from the creek running next to it, just outside of the picture.
We cut down the white oak towering over the garden, using the logs as “stumps that we’re burying in the ground. In a diamond shape, we use an auger drill that pulls out the sawdust. To retract we actually reverse the drill to spin left instead of right, to ten “pull” the drill bit back out. It’s very effective
While we’ve been growing more spawn to innoculate more logs, we’ve also been clearing space at a neighboring house, “K2”. Left alone for years, invasive weeds like perilla mint, a deathly herb to cattle. To remove it we’ll be mulching heavily with hardwooc chips and spawn for King Stropharia and Blewit. In the K2 garden, pictured to the right –> we’ll be growing more greens, beats, peas, and starting a few summer crops at the beginning of May.
Blueberries, pictured to the <- left are blooming, bees and wasps buzzing around, pollinating the bell shaped blooms. We tamed back the 15(?) year old blueberries this fall and have suffered a lower fruiting as a result.
No worries. Future years will yield great results. Below is a dragonfly. One of many at Meadowcreek.
Life continues at the resilience house, the waters churning, grass growing, projects launching off that we’ve been developing over winter. It is truly a wonder to see the fruits of your labor, a tesimate to the time and energy invested into making something better….
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