Or, what I did during your commute to the cubicle.
First things first, I have to cover the vittles every afternoon just as the sun begins its westward most tangent. This allows me to capture the last 10-15 minutes of sunshine, keeping the ground just a wee bit warmer at night. Right after coffee every morning its back out to uncover them.
Uncovering each row, clamshells facing east to maximize the warming Eastern Orb. Cash crops. As well as an array of winter root vegetables that will store in the ground, ready for harvest from December-March. Notice the shadow casts, they will linger until around 10, I’ll get only 4 hours of direct sun before it once again dips behind the massive cottonwoods, now nude and offering dappled sunlight for only another 30 minutes. The biggest lesson I’ve learned this year is exactly where the sun is every day on the calendar.
The chickens dig their new back door exit and Linda digs the new gate. Installed both this week, streamlines what had been a more difficult process. Simple farm tasks that bring enormous satisfaction from working with the hands.
Nat and King, black as coal. We’ve had these two future champion mousers for about 6 weeks now. Shots, spayed and neutered. Barn cats, protectors of the flock. King (R) has already gotten 4 mice, 3 voles, and an errant barn swallow.