After the rain

Overnight we had 3 1/2 inches of rain.  Both the plants in raised beds and those planted in the ground came through with flying colors.  The soil we started with, a heavy orange/red clay, was in bad shape.  It was hard to get wet and once wet was a sticky mess.  The areas that have been amended over the last 5 years with compost and shredded leaves are full of earthworms, hold water during times of drought and allow the rain to soak in.  It’s a transformation that’s a joy to behold.  I wanted to show you a few pictures of how the garden looked after the rain and on this first day of May.  I hope you enjoy them.


Kale planted last fall. May 1, 2016


Mixed greens. May 1, 2016


Beets. May 1, 2016


Potato, German Butterball. May 1, 2016


Tomato, Sweet 100. Spacing 2 feet in row, 4 feet between rows. May 1, 2016


Oregano. May 1, 2016


Kale in need of thinning. May 1, 2016

It’s amazing what adding organic matter can do and how quickly the soil responds.  Give it a try.


“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”
–  James Oppenheim


5 thoughts on “After the rain

  1. Pingback: After the rain | marias treasures – WORLD ORGANIC NEWS

    • Thank you Elfe. The cabbage moths have laid eggs on the kale and collard greens which of course hatch into little green worms. They are now holey. No pun intended. 🙂 Fortunately we don’t mind a few holes and there is enough for us and the moths.


    • We grow several varieties of Kale: Siberian, Red Russian, and Lacinato. The tall one you saw was planted last fall and is the Siberian. It is absolutely wonderful.


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