From That to This—Sunday, April 19, 2015

SunWe went from this—to

Bow-and-Arrows-rain

This all in a short time span.  It started raining, and raining, and raining turning everything in a huge slosh of mud.

See that child in the photo?  Yes!  We also have a surprise visit from the Grandchildren and their parents.

Outside

Even in the rain, our little archer had to go outside—there is much more to life than a electronic for this little granddaughter.

After a long time of rain, and rain, and more rain it finally stopped.

FogAround mid-night a huge fog descended blanketing the world in a dripping, silent shawl of grey mist.

fog-3.jpg The heavy mist shrouded the fields, as we changed the water.  Ah, yes the irrigation goes on even in this over-whelming moisture.  The goal is to soak the ground to at least a foot deep, then to have the water sub-over and meet in the middle between the furrows.  Upon checking the moisture level, Terry announced that the moisture was a foot deep…now to get it to sub over!

I know this is odd (for those of you who do NOT have irrigation, or sprinkler systems, or even worry about getting enough moisture into the ground), but here in the High Mountain Desert we do.  After over a hundred years of farming in our area the understanding of the moisture content to grow crops is very developed. Terry is a 4th generation farmer right here on California Mesa, his understanding of the complexity of the soil, water management, and health of the ground is to be admired.  (Even if I say so myself 🙂 🙂 🙂 )

 

April-Showers-1I got both lawns mowed, and the flower beds weeded, just before all of this moisture blew in- what a huge gift the snow and rain has been—we are turning GREEN!

I just LOVE seeing all this growth!  I just LOVE it!

Now the sun is out and burning off all the fog, sending the water into the soil, and drying up all the land.  Moving forward!—It’s a good thing!

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,

Linda

 

 

 

 

33 thoughts on “From That to This—Sunday, April 19, 2015

  1. To every cloud a silver lining, I guess! Down Under, we well know the deep gratitude a rainstorm can bring, and the need for thorough soaking so the soil will hold the water instead of compacting and turn it to run-off. We have some farms in their sixth year of declared drought, in areas so remote that no irrigation is possible even if it were affordable. Still the farmers hang on, hand feeding and watering their stock. These are areas where arable is impossible and the only way to make the land produce is to be a grazier.

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  2. And knowledge to pass on!
    Our ground is squishy, and a good bit of the garden bed under water. It’s too wet to mow and I think the grass and weeds grow two or three inches every rain.
    I wish I knew where to get clean straw. I think I’d like to try bale gardening this year.
    Thank you for all you do! God bless. ♥

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  3. So nice you got the moisture – figured you did and that whole system missed us by a less than 100 miles. We so need it and got zip. Oh well, the Big Guy has other plans!

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