Yesterday, we took 2 bucketfuls of Echinacea to plant on the downside of the Pond Dam. Upon completion of our little task, we used the buckets for chairs. That meant that Richard started looking for the Aldo Leopold Bench design that we have used before. This evening, we sat on one of the hay bales. Yes, Benches are definitely in our future.
In the meantime, WeatherUnderground told us yesterday that our areas is projected to have heavy rains these next 2-3 days with possible accumulations of 3-5 inches (and flooding in low lying areas). The Pond smiled with such prospects and so did we. That also meant that planting was in high gear.
He headed to town today for Seed Potatoes. In total he planted about 25 pounds (putting another 10 in the refrigerator for fall planting). The varieties were: Kennebec, Red Norland, Red Lasoda.
We got the Kennebec's at the Amish Store. The burlap bag said they were raised in the Red River Valley, which is where we lived for 32 years. When we first arrived in the Valley in the mid 70's, we actually went out picking potatoes that were left in the field. We asked if it was OK and the Farmer said "Yes." So we headed out with our 100 pound burlap bag. We were simply enchanted with all the potatoes and found ourselves getting further and further away from the car. Some time later, we found ourselves with a 100 pound bag full of potatoes at some distance from the car. I like to think that we have learned some things over the years.
Those seed potatoes that Richard bought still had that rich black Valley soil on them on this day and gee, did they make me smile. It was like a blessing for the planting.
Flowering fruit trees are beginning to bloom. The picture below is of the little Superior Plum. I note from last year's records that the little Plum blossomed on April 15. Yikes, that is a full month early. Those of us who grow our own food (and food for others who don't grow their own food) know that early blooming means some fairly tense times, because we could have frost and freeze ahead. Such things mean that we would have no fruit crop. That's what happened in 2007. We went 18 months without fruit. We are keeping our fingers crossed on this one.
Once again, we are acutely aware how very dependent we are on the cycles of our Great Mother Earth. We surely don't want to mess with any of that and do our best to not.