Back to work on the farm and to a normal routine. My friend and her daughters left me with warm feelings and happy memories, my husband and partner has come home and helped with some bigger projects I was waiting on him for. He is very helpful for digging holes and mixing wheelbarrows full of potting soil.
Have you ever heard the saying "Out of sight, out of mind"? I'm sure you have. That saying means a lot to me right now. I had an 'Out of Sight' chore that has suddenly sprung front and center. I have had so much to do in my main veggie garden, with the goats, with maintaining my house, and everything else, that I totally neglected our small food forest for about 2 months. The resultant mustard, grass, burr, alfalfa and knapweed forest has got me a bit frazzled.
Almost every day for the last week, I have been digging, pulling and cutting weeds. I need to make the herbs, peas, shrubs, strawberries, and onions planted among the trees visible so they can get light. It's hot dirty work that I caused myself. I could have gotten in and weeded at any point when these plants were small and the work would have been a quarter of what it is now. Now, it's 90 degrees in the afternoons and I'm sweltering under my sun hat, digging through ever hardening soil.
The area is about half done and I am happy to see that the peas are podding, and the currants and gooseberries are fruiting as well. I missed out on the strawberries back there. These ones have gotten overripe and bug eaten. In a few years, this area will be producing a bunch of tree and shrub fruits as well as having a good herb carpet. Our fruit trees are Rainier cherry, apricot, peach, plum, apple, hazelnut, and choke cherry. Eventually, the weeds should be fewer, but I have to work at beating them back... preferably before July each year!