Weather Window

The drainage project was working well and everything was drying out nicely, and I had even managed to mow the field twice- until this late storm moved in and dumped another inch-and-a-half yesterday, and another inch-and-a-half the day before yesterday. Now the “pond” is replenished and the “creek” is running again, fed by runoff from the surrounding hills.

At least I managed to get some grass-seed and soil amendment down on a bunch of brown spots – and it got rained-in. But the John Deere aerator-spreader I built was missing the “flow control lever” that controls the amount of stuff getting spread, so I hope the replacement part shows up soon and I can go back to playing in the dirt…

The High Country got another couple feet of snow with this storm and we are past the yearly rainfall average so there’s no drought this year, but also no extra reservoir storage – but the kids will be skiing on the 4th of July for sure!


A late storm bundled-up out of the Pacific and landed onshore, to give us a little weather and some feree sky-water. Probably the last rain of the season until October – but occasionally there are a few minor disturbances in Summer that also drop some water.

Before the rain (started last night) I managed to get some soil-amendment and grass seed mixed-up, and broke-up the hardpack clay brown-spots (in the foreground).
While digging and loosening the dirt in a couple of places I found large chunks of concrete left by the previous owner… He was a contractor, and according to my neighbor, used the field/pasture as a dumping ground for all sorts of stuff – and also had a big burn pile of rubbish, which I have been uncovering and removing debris. No problem! This whole deal is a multi-multi year project, and the main source of my exercise! Who needs a gym when you got all this wonderful stuff?

Pressure Treated

Six eight-foot long two-by-twelves make up the two new planter beds. Two were sawn in half to do the four-foot ends.

Quarter-inch hardware “cloth” screens the bottoms. Fastened together by impact wrench, using four-inch TimberLOK lag screws. The flat top plates are mostly decorative.

They are both buried about five inches deep, and first I had to rake-up the black tanbark and then shovel-out all the dirt onto a tarp. It was a good couple days work, and boy are those things heavy!

Weather Window

We’re having a bit of clear weather, so I had to get busy. Yesterday I was out back behind the shed cleaning up a woodpile, while today it looked like a good day to run the mower and spread some more of the calcium-gypsum granulate – it’s supposed to soften up the hard-pan. Also rain is forecast for Wednesday and I want the material to water-in. But first some more woodpile work, then lunch.

Since I was running the spreader (over the foreground, in picture) I decided to mix-in a bunch of “Weed and Feed” plus some grass seed. The soil is rocky and pock-marked with gopher holes, and it’s generally a mess of weeds, but it’s slowly improving if you don’t look at too close!

On the other side of the bridge, to the right, a big bunny has taken up residence, and the machinery sound didn’t bother him a whit. It really a jack rabbit, and when he gets up to run, he’s nearly waist-tall without counting his long ears!

Meanwhile it got up to 69-degrees this afternoon, lovely.