Monday, October 26, 2015

Thousands of Green Babies

"Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains." James 5:7
 Adam has been waiting patiently for his wheat to germinate. That quarter acre represents so much work for him, a new farmer. Would anything happen? Would the seed germinate? On Saturday the wheat had done nothing. But today he noticed a faint green sheen over the field.
 There's some unwanted grass out there too, yes, but the slender bright green is WHEAT!

 We are ridiculously excited about these slender, tender plants. We thought we'd have to wait until rain came, but evidently the moisture in the ground, plus the heavy dew we've had lately, were enough. And rain is forecast for this week, thankfully.
Today, Adam has been digging a long, deep trench.
 It starts behind the barn at his water barrels. Since this photo he's dug it deeper.
 It runs behind the compost bins. The doggies helped. See Maggie back there, in the trench?
The trench runs toward the big water tank, now on its side.
Soon this tank will sit on its bottom right there, on level high ground at the top of the field, and have a new liner in it.
 A 2-inch PVC pipe will run in this trench, carrying gravity-fed rain water from the barrels to the
tank, and then to the fields. Later another trench and pipe will run from barrels at the house, to the tank.
The dogs love helping Adam in the field. Maggie stayed near him well today. She liked playing in the trench and got quite dirty. This is the first photo I've gotten with all three of them.
The trench was full of cut pine roots, so her coat became sticky with pine tar. Julia had to do this:
Poor little thing. She cried and was pitiful. That's what happens to puppies who play in trenches!


  1. Oh how exciting to see green coming up in your field!! : )
    I am happy for you!!

  2. How exciting! Adam has taken to farming like he's done it his whole life.

    Poor little Maggie!

    Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady


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