“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Between the Drops

It's still raining... just ask the sheep.


They stay inside to avoid shrinkage.


It seems these days are the ducks' favorites, however.
They can hardly wait to get outside and enjoy the puddles.


And so, it would seem that Pennsylvania has a monsoon season this year,
and we are in the midst of it.
The rain may continue til the end of this week...
and possibly into next week as well.
I am so thankful that our house sits on the top of a hill.

As you can see... there is no need to water the gardens.
Fortunately, with above-ground gardening, the garden boxes drain quite nicely
and keep me from getting water-logged vegetable plants.


We do need a little sun to balance out this rain and help things to ripen.
The tomatoes above are a new variety for me.
They are known as "Little Smurfs" and are a blue (purple) variety of cherry tomato.
Although tiny, they take forever to ripen.
When ripe, their base will be red and their shoulders will be purple.

I took a walk up through our upper orchard yesterday to check the trees.
It's been a funny summer for fruit... perfect for berries.
And, as you can see, we have peaches ripening...


and pears...


and billions of blueberries...


but not a single apple in our entire apple...

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