After the 5 beautiful inches of rain we got last night, I decided to play hookey from the market so I could tackle this:
Last week when it rained a bit, I discovered that I still had strawberries in the Trinity garden, but most of the bigger weeds were just too hard to pull. Several spots on our farm look like this right now because we haven’t had anyone who could run the rototiller and I just haven’t had time to pull them all by hand. I’m not fretting over it though. I’m thanking God for the weeds.
When I was a young bride, Grampa Tom’s work took us out in the boonies. I was pregnant and the closest jobs were about an hour away, so we settled on me being a stay-at-home mom. After the baby was born, I grew bored, so I decided to read the Old Testament. At the same time this townie girl was learning a whole lot about agriculture. One of the things that really fascinated me was the practice of Shemitah. Several great things happened once every seven years. The one thing that peaked my interest was that the Israelites were instructed to let their ground lay fallow during the Shemitah year. They didn’t plant, they didn’t plow and they didn’t weed. In this way, the ground was replenished and fertilized. I thought that was amazing 🙂
With the availability of fertilizers today, we really don’t need to do this, but back then it was vital. I’m considering this something of a Shemitah year for my ground. The bigger gardens will have the weeds plowed under and I am using the weeds from the smaller gardens to fill my huglekulture dog house garden! After last night’s rain, it really needed some more weeds!