The Garden

It feels like a madly productive day.

First was a dog walk/hike (I suppose I can call it a hike because it was almost three hours and there was some reasonable elevation gain) from Three Forks and along the trail to Sandon, turning around where we hit the road.

It was sunny (yay!) and warm (double yay!) and the dogs loved it. Then a quick shop, back home for lunch and then out to the garden.

Simon once again proved himself a total hero by digging around in poop for the better part of the day. First, while I was out happily gallivanting with puppies, he was at the farm shovelling very wet horse poop into the back of the truck, then unloading it into the garden beds. When I got out to the garden, all I had to do was a bit of soil turning and weeding, planting and seed sowing – and a few other odds and sods. You know how it is in the garden – you end up doing more than you planned on because that’s just how it is.

Very excited about the garden now. In this small space we have a grapevine, raspberries, radishes, dill, collards, swiss chard, many kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and beans. Not bad for the first year. Next year there will be potatoes, carrots and a ton of other things. We have room for at least eight beds and so far are only planting three.

So that was good. Also good was a shower afterwards. Simon, not satisfied with digging around in horse poop, also uncovered one of our septic tanks and dug around inside to do things with the filter that was rather plugged. He fixed it but for some reason, insisted on being first into the shower when he was done. Also, for some reason, he has washed his hands and arms repeatedly. I fear he is trying out for the Broadway role of Lady Macbeth.

I think this evening calls for a big salad for dinner – with our own very yummy radishes – and a blistering game of Scrabble. Early to bed for a full hiking day tomorrow. That should keep the puppies happy. Following are some photos of flowers on the trail today – and puppies of course.

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