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The Barefoot Gardener

May 16

The Barefoot Gardener

I went out into the garden this afternoon to try to get some things done on the only non-rainy day we’ve had in a while.  I was fairly productive, and got corn, beans, and zucchini planted, and got the mulch fabric laid down for the melons.  The ground was really too wet to be planting, but I feel like I’m so far behind I needed to do it anyway.  As we were laying the mulch fabric, one end of the garden was so wet it felt like we were stomping grapes rather than walking on dirt.  Our footprints filled with water as we walked.  As I was planting the corn, so much mud was sticking to my shoes that they must have weighed 5 pounds each.  I finally took them off and went barefoot instead.  The mud didn’t stick quite as much to my feet as it did to my shoes, and besides, it was nice to feel the cool, squishy mud between my toes.

We picked our first strawberries of the season this week.  There was just enough to top a bowl of cereal, but they are so much sweeter and juicier than the grocery store strawberries.  We’ve been eating lettuce out of our garden for a couple of weeks now.  We have a nice leaf lettuce mix that includes both red and green lettuce and looks really nice in the bowl.  The cool rainy weather has been good for the lettuces.  We should have enough to sell at the farmer’s market in another couple of weeks.

The chicks have outgrown the brooder house, so we’ve moved the broilers and turkeys into one of the hoop houses.  They are enjoying having fresh grass and bugs to eat, as well as having extra room to move around.  The little barred rock pullets are still in the brooder house, but we’re starting to let them out to range in the evenings.  The first evening we let them out, they didn’t know how to get back in, so we were chasing them down with a net to put them back.  Soon they will be able to find their way “home” by themselves.  The ducks are fully feathered now and love to swim and play in the pond we’re building next to the garden.  They have their big duck quacks now instead of the little duckling peeps.

Here’s to big duck quacks, sweet juicy strawberries, and squishy cool mud between your toes!  Life just can’t get much better.

 
 
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