Through all of these busy weeks, my motto has been rock steady to help navigate me through:
People First, Things Second.
That about covers it, doesn't it? I can't remember where I first read that powerful statement, but I know that it has defined my actions for the last several years. Whoever you are - thank you for your common sense, cut to the chase, powerful statement that helps me invest my time and energy in the right places. For a girl who likes her fingers in a lot of pies (figuratively and literally), mottos like that are what keep me on the straight and narrow, true to my heart and our family vision.
Through all of the craziness, some really wonderful things have happened. I'm eager to share with you all that's been going on here at Little Home In The Country.
First up? Cover cropping. This is new for me and I'm pretty pleased with how things worked out. Sadly, we didn't get the rainfall needed to germinate these cover crops early enough (which put my planting schedule a few weeks behind). Then there was that pesky case of pneumonia to contend with which also put me a few weeks behind.
The greenhouse saw LOTS of action this Spring! I seeded an enormous amount of veg, flowers and herbs this year (in pots up on makeshift tables) and also seeded the ground beds with early cool weather crops. By the time the cool weather crops were ready to be harvested from the ground, the warm weather seedlings (tomatoes, peppers, cukes, etc.) were ready to go into the ground beds.
The willows are branching out beautifully and will help to buffer wind and capture blowing dust, not to mention provide habitat. We've got lots of plans for this willow (furniture, fuel, logs for hugelkultur beds, arbors, trellises, etc....)
After we cleaned out the coop last month (OH, WHAT A BIG JOB THAT WAS), we layered the manured carbon into the compost bin and onto the areas that are being prepped for next year's new growing beds. I invested in a thermometer which is helping me to get the carbon/nitrogen ratio and water content right. So far, it's cooking well and is hot but not TOO hot...