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I also played in the dirt. I weeded the garden and then weeded some more. I replanted a few seeds. I mulched parts of the garden. I'm using straw this year. Ruth Stout's method uses any sort of compostable matter, leaves, spoiled hay etc. I use leaves in the fall, but they pretty much decompose over the winter, under the heavy blanket of snow. Straw is cheap enough to purchase, so I'm using it. Her suggestion is 8 inches thickness to begin with, but I've been using 4-6 inches and even at 4 inches, it seems enough to keep the weeds down. I'm shaking out the flakes of straw, so it strews randomly. I think the criss crossing of all the little stems of straw helps deter the weeds, once it settles down. Straw is the stems of harvested grain like oats or wheat. There should be little to no seed heads left, which is helpful when trying not to germinate more unwanted weeds and plants. I'd have expected the straw to start breaking down and composting faster than it does. Perhaps that's because it lacks the green part of compost. I'll add lots of grass clippings later in the summer. Right now it's doing it's job at keeping the weeds down and helping hold in soil moisture.
The birds are eating all the Red Currents and Gooseberries again this year. They're not even ripe yet and are disappearing. Next year I will invest in some bird netting covers for the berries! I'm hoping the blackberries and the blueberries will start to bear fruit next year and want to preserve those for our own use, rather than the wildlife, for sure!
I've been playing with my camera. This was the only close to pretty sunset I've seen in a very long while. I tried to capture it but it seemed like the colours kept changing, minute by minute. It was going from purple to orange then fading out completely and back again. Most bizarre and beautiful.