Sunday, May 06, 2012

eyes looking up

Today was a big planting here in Chimacum Creek. As you can see about 3/4 of our little plot is now under cultivation.

Onions of two kinds, red and sweet, are now in, along with beets and shallots. I planted a long row of potatoes according to my instructions, with the eyes looking up. We also got dahlias and zinnias in, because they will attract honeybees as well as look really cool.

Today was the first drop-dead gorgeous day of the new season, and the yard was humming with life. There's only one tree in the yard, but there are dozens in the immediate vicinity of it, with hundreds of birds flying about and resting in their branches. Thousands of small creatures such as chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, voles, and mice move invisibly through the neighborhood's underbrush and along the creekbed, and as I sat on the deck basking in the warm sunshine after our moderate labors were done, I could hear the millions of worms working within a few yards of where I sat, the relentless renewers and fertilizers of the dirt ball we live upon.

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