An UnEase in the Air Today—Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

Photo from the other day when we got some glorious rain!

The sky is full of threatening clouds today…and it feels cold.  Cold enough, if I didn’t think better I would think it might snow.

Although….the weather people say we are going to warm up to 81* today.  How odd.

Another photo from our brief rain—irrigating in rubber boots

There is a slight breeze, but the scents in the air are of damp and, well, snow.  Along with the smell of water on the land, stirred soil, where I have been raking up last years trash on the flower beds, and the roaring canal running passed our farm.

The world is still turning toward spring, the days are growing longer and the nights much shorter.

Of which I rejoice!

This is Terry going out the other night in the rain to check the water, while I stayed inside all warm and dry.  🙂

Still…even if it does snow.  It is still Spring and it will melt and soon the air and the ground and everything alive will burst forth into a wondrous settled time of soft spring days!

I am ready.

I am waiting.

I am excited!

For after Spring comes SUMMER!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

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We’ve Started Water—Monday, April 11, 2016

Hard work but every so necessary.  Without water we would not have crops. And here we must water with syphon tubes or gated pipe.

Cleaning-DitchFirst we had to clean out the ditches—these ditches are terrible for collecting trash from our fields and neighbor fields, that Colorado wind, you know.  🙂

Setting-out-tubesThen while Terry marked out the fields I picked up all the syphon tubes I so carefully put away last fall and placed them in their proper slot on the ditch.

Digging-endsAfter which it was time to start the water…Terry does the head gate thing, I’m a tad ‘feared of the head gate.  Scary roaring powerful thing that it is.

Then we both start digging out the ends so we can lay the tubes into them.  The tubes suck the water from the cement or dirt ditches and channel the water down the rows. Gated pipe is much easier, you just open a gate.  BUT trash gets in the pipe, plugs up the gates, you can’t get it out without tremendous work…a stick took both us four hours to get it out…it was just out of reach and we couldn’t get it…then it trapped all the weeds….ick.Setting-tubes

We do this over and over until all the furrows are full….we set about 40 tubes per field.

WetIn eight hours that set has the soil wet enough we can move on up the ditch.  Right now we have two fields we are working in.  Two areas to dig out ends, walk the water down the row to make sure it keeps going straight and doesn’t cut over into a neighboring furrow.

Lots of work…but you know what!? I love it!  I love the smell of the water when it first hits the bone dry soil, and I love the rich, moist smell of the fields after the water is removed.

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We check constantly making sure everything is working well.  The first irrigation of the season is the worst, (in the terms of work), but once the rows seal, the plants are up, it’s just a matter of setting tubes and making sure the water makes it to the end (so the next field can get some.)

On-a-ditch-bank-3Sure is a nice life…if Terry had dirt in his veins, then I have irrigation water in mine.  Tee Hee.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda