Muddy Water March 3, 2014
The surface of the farm changes drastically after rain. Walking to and from places becomes more challenging with every step. The rich mud sticks to the bottom of my shoes, a little bit more of it each time. Walking becomes awkward and shoes become heavy.
Then a weight falls off and one foot is much lighter than the other. Looking back at the tracks, I notice dimples in the mud from my duck walk, both of my feet point out a little bit from center. Sometimes the mud doesn’t fall off easily and the habit is formed of walking a few steps then kicking and watching the mud come flying off the bottom of my shoes.
Walking across soil is much more easily done when it is dry. In fact, doing anything with soil is made much easier when just enough of the moisture has left it. When there is too much moisture in the soil, it is mud, and mud is difficult to work with. It is hard to walk in. Tractors make a mess driving through it and planting and cultivation equipment simply don’t work.
But water cannot go into soil without making, even if very briefly, mud. Water is what we are thinking about now and getting a good rain storm is much needed after a very dry winter. We appreciate a storm that comes on strong for a week, fills up our reservoirs then disappears to keep the mud away during the spring farming season. If only we could order the weather.
Enjoy your boxes next week!