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.

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Kale planted last fall. May 1, 2016

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Mixed greens. May 1, 2016

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Beets. May 1, 2016

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Potato, German Butterball. May 1, 2016

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

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Oregano. May 1, 2016

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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

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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.

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    • 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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