Sparkles in the night

Last night was magical! I went out with my headlamp looking for sparkles in the sedum under the grapevines. Sure enough, they were there! Miniscule lights glittering back at me like dew drops. If I were the size of a fairy, they would have been lamps to light my path. I often cruise around the yard in the dark taking out compost or some other late night chore, daring any skunk to scare me. Pairs of eyes glitter back at me and as long as they keep their distance I’m cool with the company. The dew-like sparkles didn’t shine in couplets and moisture gathers in the early morning on flower petal, leaf and spider web so I bent down, nose to grass blade, and saw……a spider! A very small one and at each beacon there was another one! I was seeing my light reflected back in spider eyes!

A neighbor stopped by the other day to ask how I would manage some weeds around the deck that was to be built. The question was if glyphosate would harm bulbs that were underground. My response was that glyphosate is not an option for me, which was repeated several times because it wasn’t being heard. Hmmm. I want to continue reaping what I sow and there are some things I would never want to reap. I know I DO want to continue seeing fairly lights in the hedge rows at night.

Life is precious, great and small. Our dictum as stewards of this planet is to learn to walk in step with the magnitude of nature. Each species that fades away because of our ignorance or greed is like finishing a puzzle of 15,000 pieces and leaving vacant holes where pieces are missing.

There are 4 more weeks of our summer season. Some of you were happy to see the cucumbers finally fade from the scene. We did hand out a bunch to you. Next year, we hope to have more wholesale accounts since now we know how great the harvest can be! We continue to try and be more efficient in order for this “dream” to be financially viable.

We’ve cleaned up our south farm field where our potatoes, corn and winter squash were planted. We took a BIG loss there due to the drought. We will be planting all crops near some water source and looking at harvesting rain water seriously. I have mentioned this before but figure the more often said it will imprint itself on the grand list. We will have spent over $500 on water by the time this chapter ends.

Your market box should overflow with: tomatoes, chard, onions, red peppers, summer squash, celery, parsley, beans (the last), carrots, broccoli, kale, fennel and a wedge of watermelon. We will have raspberries, potatoes, jam, pickles, melons, and beautiful Indian corn for sale.