Good morning guys and welcome to Coverin’ the Bases!
Rain…lots of it today, so let’s take a few minutes and talk about…rain! It started early this morning, and has rained off and on, mostly on, all day. It’s continued up into the night, its 8:00 pm here now, and we’re getting a good shower as we speak.
It’s been exactly the kind of rain we needed, too. Long slow drizzles, broken up from time to time by heavy downpours, then back to drizzling once again. No rain has started standing or running off, all steady being soaked up by the ground! Absolutely perfect!
We’ve been awful dry here lately, and when it gets like this, I refer to it as being bone dry! Our garden soil was literally like a powder, and some of the little seedlings have burnt slap off at the ground. It has been really, really dry so far this year.
I walked off into the garden last week barefooted, and in just a second was coming back out, the bottoms of my feet “lit up!”
We’ve watered constantly just keeping the little fellers coming on, but you can water all you want, but once you get a rain, everything just busts out growing again! This simple act causes the pastures, trees, the yard, garden, literally everything looks as if it greens up almost instantly.
Today as an example, in between showers I took a look at everything, and it’s amazing how fresh and rejuvenated it all is. The little bean sprouts, corn, cucumbers, squash, eggplants and tomatoes look as if they’re growing right before our eyes, in the larger garden, all because of…rain!
All the oaks have put out, and hopefully this takes care of the last of the pollen from them as well. Deb and I were out earlier this evening and commenting on how full they looked foliage wise. The pastures are getting rid of the last brown tints from winter, and the grass is really fixing to bust loose, and I’m sure the cows can’t wait either.
Spring is truly a beautiful time of the year, and what a blessing from the good Lord to allow us to witness such an event once again. You all know our time here on this earth is limited, so take every day as a blessing, and find good in all that you can!
After a good rain, it has always amazed me how good everything smells. Things during a dry period begin to even smell dry, but come a good rain, there’s just a freshness in the air.
The cows and the wildlife all feel, look, and act better. Lately the cows have been laying up under the trees longer than normal because of the heat. We were even talking yesterday about how hot it was, and we watched several of the turkeys just sitting under some oaks panting away. We’ve actually been warmer this spring than usual.
Today though, everything is up and moving around again. Tonight, the deer, hogs, fox, and all the other little critters will be moving around, more so than usual. Once again, there’ll be a little “spring in their step.” We all feel better after a rain!
New Plans for the “Old Dog”
Before I start with this, let me say thanks to all you guys out there that have shared your own thoughts and opinions with us. I know I’ve said this frequently, but also, I’m saying it because I mean it. You’re really opening up my thoughts to try, and do different things, and man, we appreciate you guys thinking enough of Deb and I, to continue coming back and, well, being our friends! Thanks a lot!
These composting, and lasagna gardening things, have got my attention, and I’ve said this the last couple times we talked, but honestly, I’m really seeing some beneficial possibilities with them. Tell me more!
Deb and I were talking yesterday about going ahead here pretty quick, and expanding the garden out front of the house into a 100’x100’. This would double the size as now it’s a 50’x100’.
As you know, over the winter, we cover the garden area with cow manure three times, tilling it in all three times.
Because of your guys’ input, we thought we’d go ahead in the next week or two, disc the new area in, then start going heavy with leaves, hay, manure, grass cuttings, and maybe even adding some topsoil.
Of these items, we have plenty right here on the place, except top soil, so in reality that’d be our only expense.
You see, our soil down here is very sandy, and the moisture doesn’t hold long, because of this. But don’t you think by adding more and more organic material, and this breaking down through time, that this would in fact help this area to hold more moisture? Personally, I believe it would, and you know that it would enrich the soil without a doubt. What do you think?
I won’t attempt to use the lasagna style of gardening in an area that large, but it would kinda be like one, or a compost area too. By adding all these different types of materials, in layers, letting them lay two or three weeks, then tilling it all back into the soil, I believe this could work out well.
Any thoughts of yours would be appreciated.
Do We Have any Beekeepers as Readers?
Have any of you ever thought about having a few beehives? I’ve considered it a time or two, but never seriously enough to give it a try. Well, once more, I feel the urge to look into it some, and thought if we had any readers experienced in such, you might just wanta help us out. What do you think?
I don’t mean to get into it to start a business, but just enough to piddle with it and produce enough honey for us some of our friends, and the bees, to all have a little honey. Which by the way is getting pretty expensive.
I’ve got orange grove access to put some hives out, and we could keep them here on the place as well, and I think I might enjoy tinkering around with them.
I’d like to find out number 1, the cost in getting started for 3-4 hives, and is this enough? Is it something that you HAVE to continue to grow in because of more bees being brought into the colony, or is it something you can keep just a very limited number of hives going with no problem?
How time consuming is it, and how much honey could be produced by 3-4 hives? Anyway, I’ve always thought it a pretty neat activity, but have really never been around anyone who does it, just curious mainly, but interested in talking about it, too. Let us know.
In regards to lasagna gardening we had a comment from a reader who was letting us know about a book in regards to it. Let me share it with you guys in case someone might like to pick it up.
“For further information, Rodale press offers a book under that title. I have it in my library. FYI”
This was from Driefromseattle.
Thanks for sharing my friend, we appreciate it, and this may help someone out there. Did you enjoy reading it, and have you used this technique yourself, and if you have, what were your thoughts? We’d like to hear back, if you wouldn’t mind. Your experience may help influence someone else considering this! Thanks again!
Listen my friends, I’m going to call it a day, but thanks for coming. I hope by Thursday, we can give you an update on how our canned butter worked out. We were going to try it this weekend, but got tied up doing other things, but it’s on the burner!
You guys remember to keep your eyes open, and your nose in the wind!
Dub and Deb
Deb and I found this to be too funny! A new twist to the song, “Side by Side!”
This next is of Rufus Hussy, “the Slingshot Man.” If you haven’t seen this man before he’s amazing with a slingshot!
He talks about killing rabbits to feed the family. Ole Rufus, in regards to his slingshots, definitely has his “Bases Covered!”
Take a couple minutes and watch a master in action!