Very busy summer, for lots of people besides us.
Good farming! Regular rains bear out what Dan Kittredge says about hydration: just keeping your plants watered will make a really big difference in productivity, not only because plants need water, but because they need water to conduct the minerals they need, and because their symbiotic soil bacteria and fungi need water to live and do their jobs, too. Now, in early July, the potatoes are waist high (no kidding) and a beautiful dark green, with no potato bugs. Wow. By this time our gardens have usually been the battle ground of many a campaign against potato bugs, with victory still divided between the humans and the insects. Not that the only defense has been regular hydration; we’ve fed these plants three doses of very stinky jeeva (see previous post on ‘poo-brew).