Like I said the other day, I've been in high gear planting mode. I am so late with my garden this year. Our tiller was broken and by the time it was fixed, it wasn't strong enough to go through all the weeds. I got a local guy with a tractor with big old attached tiller on the back and now my garden is ready to rock and roll. Here's what it looks like - pristine brown soil.
Yesterday I moved a large pile of manure which was last year's birthday gift to me from The Farmer. It has been sitting in the middle of the lawn for months. Bucket by bucket, it is slowly going away and moving into the garden.
I made some manure stripes down the soil and tonight I will continue the planting. Always thinking about patterns!
The manure was full of gray grubs which I picked out and fed to the chickens. They were overjoyed with the delicious snacks I gave them - if chickens could be happy, these would have been shouting for joy. Here is a little video - not for the squeamish.
I know it is gross but I find things like this pretty interesting - and for a woman who is way past 5 decades that is a good thing. I did a little research and in deed the grubs were Japanese beetle grubs. Here's an up close of them squirming. I think it could be some kind of textile pattern too. I know my neighbor Alicia could do a killer painting off of this photo.
I surmised that they were Japanese Beetle grubs because I found 2 beetles that hadn't emerged yet from pile to fly around.
The beetles on the backside look similar to the grubs.
If you want to learn more about the lifecycle of a Japanese beetle, I found this article from Cornell really interesting. There is a quite beautiful illustration too of the life cycle which I have shared below.
Illustration by K. English, NYS IPM via web link above from Cornell
There are over 300 sheep here in front of the house. Shearing is Monday, after being delayed twice because of the vast amounts of rain we have been getting. I really hope they stay out of my garden. There is temporary fencing around it and my fingers are crossed.
Speaking of Plants - I stumbled upon this incredible Stop Motion Video for an iPad App called Plants by Tiny Bop. This really is worth a watch. Incredibly painstakingly hand made. Amazing. I think if I had a small child and owned an iPad, I think these Apps would be a fun way to help a child learn.
Paper to Plants from Tinybop on Vimeo.
After you watch that, if you have time, here is another video about how the first video was made. Awesome.
Hope you all have a great 4th. We are busy, busy, busy. After the Farmers Market on Tuesday I am off to Detroit next week for taping Knit and Crochet Now. I get to meet Deborah Norville who is the new host replacing Brett Bara who has just had twins. Then back for a Fabric Printing Class here at the farm on July 18/19. Still spaces available - check it out here.
After that, I fear summer will be almost half over! Oh no.
I wish all of you Americans a Happy 4th of July! Everyone else - happy weekend.