There's a ditch that runs along the west side of our farm. On the other side of the ditch is a cattle pasture and log burn pile. Duckweed and Water Hyacinth grow vigorously in this ditch, utilizing all of the wonderful nutrients from the surrounding field. From here, we harvest the aquatic plants and muck to use as a soil amendment for our crops.
A curved hand fork is used to harvest aquatic plants and place them in buckets. A screen in the bottom of a plastic produce container works well for draining the pond mud and plants to make it lighter and easier for transporting. The containers are then taken to the vineyard and other crops to use as a soil amendment.
As a bonus, sometimes you can find a very nice tadpole. This one was rescued from under a pear tree where were distributing the duckweed.
These photos were taken on New Year's Eve. The weather has been warm and beautiful.
It's hard to believe that anyone would be cooling off in a water trough at the end of December.
But after a few hours of work and play, Piper was ready for the plunge...
My New Year's resolution is to share the experiences of a part-time farming, slow work lifestyle. I've learned to carefully watch the weather, work in the rain, sweat in the heat and know when it's time to pack up before lightening strikes. Although there will also be a steep learning curve to keeping up with this story, it is hoped to be a challenging but rewarding journey!
These dormant pecan tree buds are little promises for new leaves and branches in the spring.