Summer 2016 scenes

Grow beds, grow beds grow beds! These are 50 ft long beds planted with tomatoes, cukes, peppers, etc. Our trial plantings. And those wood chips? A mistake that took months to undo. Lesson: don't woodchip your paths. It makes weeding more difficult, and encourages slugs and snails. They are all gone now.

Our chicken coop finished and painted. The interior paint is to help keep down mite infestations (and it looks good!). Easier to clean as well. Those brooding boxes are US mail boxes (I hope I don't go to jail for that one).

More grow beds coming along. The black plastic is to kill the weeds as they germinate, and to ensure the rains don't wash away our nutrients.

A genial view of the old leaky cow pond. This is one of the most beneficial elements on the farm. The number of frogs (and thus bug eaters) that habitate this watery hole is astouncing. We won't touch it or rebuild it. It's made it's niche, and thus will remain.

Some wild Oyster mushrooms populating this dead birch (?) tree. Found on the road leading to Windham.

This is the beginning of our mushroom cultivation area, with shiitake and oyster logs layed out near the ground. Eventually they'll be a small greenhouse here, with regulated moisture.

A large Reishi polypore grows on a dead hemlock tree on a neighbors property.

A strange fuzzy green and maroon mushroom pops up through pine needles near our path. The slugs love this one.

Also along the path growing from pine needs was found this Dotted Stalk Suillus, which is edible. I didn't eat it.

Broccoli nestled among other covered beds. Again, those damn woodchips.

Ramps from early June.

Building our paths into the forest.

Seaberry / Sea buckthorn, planted on Hugel beds. We've got 10 planted so far, more to come in the future. Seaberry is a vitamin rich yellow/orange berry that does well in cold climates. It's a permaculture favorite. Those nets are for the deer. This area is now surrounded by a deer fence, so those nets are all gone.

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