My Actifit Report Card: June 4 2021
Another beautiful hot day today. We mowed this morning with our electric ride on and enjoyed our usual walk in the field and along the river. The rain has been keeping everything well watered.
Everything is exploding with life. The grass is emerald green and beautiful, the crab apples and blueberries have lost most of their blossoms and are working on fruit. The garden is just starting to take off as well! It feels like soon we will be picking fruit and berries and veg every day for meals and to can or dry or freeze and enjoy over the winter. But I know everything needs another month or two.
On days like today it's hard to want to do anything other than wander our trails and explore the river. So we were in and out of the house and playing tag in the field all day after. This evening I went for another quick walk and got many of these shots in the burgeoning dusk. Of course it rained again just after dark.
That happens often here in late May and early June. We will wake up to clear blue skies as far as you can see and the morning sun so hot it feels like we will see triple digit temperatures. But then the clouds form and roll across the sky throughout the afternoon only to burst in the cool of the evening to keep our plants healthy and thriving. Nature has a way of taking care of itself if only we would let it.
We only minimally tend to the plants in the field, helping them establish themselves and then trusting them to take care of themselves. The same goes for the field itself... over the years we have lived here the grass has grown more vigorous and many other species have begun to grow amongst the tall blades. Many of those other species weren't there before when the field had been mowed a couple of times a year for hay.
Beyond the trees we have been deliberately planting we are starting to see pioneer species like birch and sumac and willows spread into the field from the wooded portions of the property along the marsh and river and boundaries. We are quite happy to let them- both for firewood and to create cover. Our goal is to establish a food forest through out the field with different nuts, fruit, berries, and other edibles. We are working at it slowly each year planting more trees to line our trails and letting nature do its thing. Of course the wildlife will benefit from that as well. Our hands off approach to managing the area continues to encourage wildlife to visit and make this space their home as well as ours.
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