In the Garden of Weeden

How does our garden grow? Apparently, really, really FAST!!!

When you take a historic cow paddock and churn it into a vegetable garden, 100 years of manure-rich soil is ready to grow — FAST! A super-soaked spring is also credit to our overnight gardening success. Green thumbs-up to Cathy! She’s the one braving evening clouds of wasp-sized mosquitoes to tend the garden. Because the garden is not going to weed itself, I’m making a hardware store stop on the way home to buy a claw hoe.  Confession that I’m excited about acquiring a new garden tool quietly indicates my enjoyment of this new outdoor hobby. Yes, gardening is fun but I’m still preoccupied thinking about growing meat vs. veggies. It’s going to be a bumper crop for crab apples this year, and the deer love them. Venison chops are going to be tasty next to our garden fresh carrots and spuds.

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Not only is our garden growing, so are the boys!

Pye Acres in full bloom

“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.”
― Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation from Round River

The lilac lined lane into our new home has never looked brighter. It looks like a great year for apples, too.

The lilac lined lane into our new home has never looked brighter. It looks like a great year for apples, too.

In full bloom!

In full bloom!

This carefully stacked stone fence is a favorite feature on Pye Acres. Beyond it, Cathy has a special place in her heart for the massive maples.

This carefully stacked stone fence is a favorite feature on Pye Acres. Beyond it, Cathy has a special place in her heart for the massive maples.

A nice spot in the back field to lure in a Gobbler,  with the help of a cast of turkey decoys and a bit of lonesome hen calling.

A nice spot in the back field to lure in a Gobbler, with the help of a cast of turkey decoys and a bit of lonesome hen calling.