I don't know if you remember, but at some point this spring I seeded a bunch of clover into the acre and a half that I plan to use next year. It was just before a big rain. I hoped that it would grow up, take root, smother out the weeds, and make a nice, noncompetitive starting point for next years crops. Unfortunately, that isn't quite what happened and it ended up being a field of weeds (some beautiful natives!) and sparse clover. I have some guesses as to why this is, foremost, the wrong seeding rate but for whatever the reason, this big messy weedy field is what I had to contend with this week.
To at least get a view of it, I borrowed a good friends tractor with a mower attachment. That thing does circles around drag mower. Seriously. I have a love hate relationship with mowing. It is so nice to get everything all cut down and "neat" looking, but at the same time, it is taking away so much habitat, even if temporarily. It makes me into the bad guy like in the "Rats of Nihm"-- the plow is coming!
But because of that, I get to see lots of creatures that I don't see often, all at once! I saw ribbon snakes, field mice, praying manti, a whole world of grasshoppers that I had never seen, and super cool spiders.
So everything got cleaned up, with me repeating the cheesy mantra 'every life counts' and then the traumatizing part happened. While I was driving the tractor back to my friends, about a 10 minute card ride, but a 30 minute tractor ride, I noticed a leak. I called a lifeline, just like on the show, and got some advice and decided it try to get the tractor back.
It happened but by the time I was pulling into the driveway, the leak had worsened and there was a little trail behind me. I pulled in and put cardboard under the spot and confessed immediately. My friend was reassuring and told me not to worry, that these things happen, however, I worried about it until she called me a couple days later to tell me it was a rusted line, and nothing that I had done. I had just drawn the short straw.
Oh borrowing expensive equipment to do the hard work it is designed for. It can be so intense. Thank goodness for good friends and good advice.
Oh and one more oh and! The next Edible Jersey is out. Pick it up and check out my silly column!
Okay, hope you guys are already busy enjoying the fall!
Oh yeah, and we have delicious, smooth GINGER now! It slices like garlic and taste fresh and bitey! This time of year, I use it in everything from saute to yogurt (minced on top). Come and get it!!!