A lot going on on the human side. All the stuff that you have heard of before: planting planting all those delicious tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, melon, and of course the beautiful flowers. We just got our sweet potato slips in this week and will be planting them so soon. The potatoes are up, the ginger is too, and peas are producing already! We have been weeding up a storm, as usual. The pernicious perennials like thistle and bindweed and the persistent annuals like velvet leaf and lambsquarters. We are working on integrating our cultivation tractor to get the weeds out. The sort version? Still working on it, but we are getting the hang of it.
Yes, the humans are busy, but so are all the other creatures. Everywhere you go, you can hear them buzzing and chirping. Our resident mockingbird does such an excellent gull impersonation, I feel like I am at the beach. The crows and jays take turns chasing the neighborhood red-tailed hawk around. I love to see the Norther flicker swoop over the field (consumer of beetles and ants.) A clumsy beetle collides with your head or a lady beetle that alights on your arm. I have enjoyed watching honeybees collecting from our clover. It really feels busy. Maybe it was the mild winter?
Northern flicker (not my picture)
This year, we have so many lady beetles, some native species among them! So many. Why? My suspicion is our thistle (weed) has aphids (pest) and the ladybirds larvae are feeding on them! As, I pulled the thistle from my onion beds, I worried that that the ladybugs wouldn't have enough to eat. They will have to manage though.
Ladybug larvae look like alligator dragons. Not my picture either. From
I have been enjoying all the live so much. Even the determined weeds and pests. It is hard not to take a breath and appreciate it all, even as they compete with, and occasionally out compete the chosen ones- our crops.
Keeping it up! Looking forward to seeing your faces.