“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

Abundance

It's been a summer of abundance - and one I will not quickly forget.  We've had abundant sunshine and abundant rain- resulting in an abundant harvest.

It's been a great year for berries and fruit trees.  I've picked gallons of wild raspberries, and sour cherries and blueberries.  The apple, pear, and peach trees are weighed down with developing fruit, so an abundant fruit harvest awaits us at Summer's end.  We'll enjoy a winter filled with delicious fruity treats!

Sour Cherry Jam

Over the past few days, we've had several storms pass through with heavy rains.  Each day we have received almost an inch of precipitation... making watering the gardens unnecessary.

In fact, the gardens are all looking a bit like jungles right now.

So much is blooming... gladiolas...

and day lilies provide fresh pops of color.

Many of the flowers are on their second set of blooms... delphiniums...

The pond is finally full again...

and fungi are popping up everywhere!

The profusion zinnias have filled out the log planters nicely.  

Turkey tail fungi adds yet another dimension...

And though the weather is quite humid most of the summer, we are lucky in that there's been plenty of rain.  I worry about our western...


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