“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

Life... From Behind The Lens

It's way too hot for any large scale projects.
Our days are filled with the normal farm chores and 
"little" projects that don't keep us out in the heat for too very long.

Yesterday while watering the plants around Maven Haven,
I looked to her left at the tree that lives there.
It was full of dead branches and had lots of weeds, and vines,
and bramble at her feet...
too unloved a look for this special place on the farm.

I quickly formulated a plan and began to implement it.
I trimmed all of the dead growth that I could reach.
I sweated.
I weeded the base and carefully, with gloved hand, pulled the poison ivy vines.
(Yes, I am allergic.)
I sweated some more.
I went in and washed all exposed areas with lye soap and threw my gloves into the wash.
Then I headed to my favorite Amish perennial nursery and 
picked out a few (partial) shade plants.
Once home, I dug and dug and dug....
and sweated until it was dripping in my eyes.
I stuck my new plants in the ground, mulched with compost,
and then hardwood bark mulch.
I watered the plants, then watered myself.

Last touch... another cement rabbit from elsewhere on the farm... 
because... of course.

It seems that every time I am at the shed I have...

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