Good morning.

  


Potatoes are IN.

Yesterday I got to my garden.

I haven’t planted anything of my own since last Autumn when the garlic got in

  
They seem to be growing well

  
The folks who own the land planted the first 20 pounds of potatoes last week

This is the bed I set to plant in the remaining 25 pounds

Buckwheat was planted there last season

  
I’m not sure when it was last tilled, but this was a job for the push-hoe

My favorite hand tool!

 
Heart-shaped T-handled push-hoe, to be more precise 

 This is the view looking back down the bed after first swiping through

Then, I raked up the weeds.

Here’s what it looked like prior to push-hoeing… Before… & After. 

Ah-mazing.

Yep. Love my push-hoe.  
Then, the wheel-hoe with the chisel-plow attachments to create two furrows where the potatoes will be set

 
Shoved & grunted my way through Quack Grass roots

That’s some strong medicine in those roots!

  

It’s also built for a taller frame, so it’s not the most ideal tool for this body.

But, it did the work to be done.

Time to fetch the potatoes & Potash

   

 

Three varieties left

  

Loaded up in the garden-way cart

  

…some Potash goodness for the potatoes dusted into the furrows

Thank you, Ocean

 
Starting with the variety Strawberry Paw

  

Some of the seed from this variety was larger than an egg, so they were cut so that at least two eyes remained on each piece

 Eyes, check.

 The phrase “snug as a bug in a rug” came to mind…

  
Hooray!

Onto the next variety

 I really like purple potatoes

  

Last, but not least… The German Butterball.

Quite a delicious potato.

  
All in!

Time to zip them up…

  
Zzzzzzip

  
Zzzzzzip

Potatoes are IN.

In the remaining 4 feet at the far end of the bed, I seeded two varieties of sunflowers.

It’s older seed… Hopefully they’ll germinate well.

It remains to be seen.

 
I forget how much I enjoy this work… 

It felt so good to tend to my garden.

Dry beans coming soon!

 


Good morning.

  


Good morning.

  


Good morning.

  


Web of sadness, Anchor’s away, & the unfolding of things.

i try to respect the privacy of people.

Even my own – but it’s a strange line, especially when there’s this mix of shyness coupled with a curious desire to simple say what’s so

Check out the awesome socks!

Hand knit by my Elder’s eldest daughter.  
My Elder, my Anchor is away

He’s been away at times – and his body is wrestling with brain cancer.

A brilliant man, an honored Physicist.

He gave me his blessings to write about it on the blog

But I haven’t, really.

I feel sensitive to how it will land, what I’ll likely forget to say, or what I’ll write & how that will land

  
Here’s his ancient puppy, Bentley

I love them both

My elder & his dog

And this family has been my anchor for the past 6 years of my seemingly-ever-shifting life

He’s still Here, but I miss him when he’s away.

  
My mind knows

The nature of coming & going

Not unlike the inhale & exhale

  
But this knowing doesn’t keep the heart from feeling a deep sadness

  
Connecting to a larger web of sadness as thoughts of Nepal, and boats filled with migrant people comes to (heart)mind…

Connecting that to my own family line who left their countries in an attempt & hope of escaping prejudice & violence not all that long ago.

 
The hummingbirds have returned

Two (well, four, really) Dear Friend’s will soon give birth to life anew

  
And life continues to unfold.

Some

Heading out

Some

Coming in

  
I know I need to find my own anchor within

 
It’s a challenge for me.

Guess it’s time for more walks in the woods.

   


Sunday Seeding and Harvest at Nook & Cranny.

  

Seeding day & Harvest day

  
Boxes were nearly finished by the time I arrived at the farm

 
It’s the final week for the Early Spring Greens Share

 

And both on-farm interns are settled in

 Bob decides the final positioning for the radishes  

he likes vegetables in boxes to be aligned the same way

All just-so.

 Team Work   

  
Spinach, Radishes, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Kale, Bok Choi, & some Pea Shoots 

  
Heat-loving plants are in the greenhouse

 
Here are Peppers & Eggplant

There’s also Tomatoes, Okra, & Curcubits – like Summer Squash and Cucumbers.

  

In the tunnel nearby are Beans, Basil, Celeriac, & Lettuce 

  
Bob picked out the day’s varieties for the seeding

Zippy-doodle Chosen packs rest upon sacks of potatoes awaiting planting

Bulls Blood Beets – for Beet Greens, 5 types of Winter Squash, 3 types of Lettuce, 2 types of Dandelion Greens, & 3 types of Storage Cabbage Harvest was almost complete 

Boxes covered & tidying up

  

Other holds down the Yin principle 

  

While Bob writes up the day’s goodness on the chalkboard 

 I set to filling trays

 With the assistance of Other

 And Sebastian

 Handsome bullfrog nearby

  

There were two types of Baby Blue Hubbard squash 

 & this one, too

Same vegetable, different variety, mind blown

  

Here’s a variety of Kabocha type called Sweet Mama

 And another Kabocha

(These are my favorite…)

 Holy wowie there is fringe on the Waltham Butternut!!

This is the classic Butternut squash.

Great Keeper.

 And another favorite, Honeynut

For a rich story on the Honeynut squash, click on the link.

  
A visit to the Cathedral at day’s end to say hello to the plantlings

  
Then it was time to head back to the house sitting home & tend to the four-leggeds

  
Bakira

 & Rosie

…Today it’s a Transition day for me, heading home after a stretch at the Northside house.

  
Blessings on the day

I’m grateful to be a part of something larger than myself, working at Nook & Cranny

Blessings on the Small Organic Farms everywhere.


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