September Planting: The Fading Summer and Emergence of Autumn
With the summer heat turning into a crisp fall breeze, our planting activities have slowed to a halt. In this past post-labor day weekend, we’ve planted our final trees of the 2016 year.
These final plants consist of mulberries, peach trees, quince trees, Korean pear trees, and kiwi berries.
The morning of the planting started with a brisk, refreshing breeze. A light jacket was required as we strolled through the four corners of the farm. The cool breeze faded and the sun came to warm our backs as we carried the treelings to and fro.
So much hard work, sweat, and love was poured into these plants. With each successive planting, our movements became more confident and precise. With each new patch of land that we worked with, we developed an appreciation for the consistency and feel of the soil. In some areas, the soil was dark, rich, and saturated. In others, it was soft and weightless.
After the finishing touches on each plant, we silently willed them strength and health to grow big and strong.
The anticipation is high for the next spring and summer. Will our hard labor yield delicate fruits in the coming years? Will they safely come through the winter? We are hoping for the future to be filled with bursts of color, scents, leafy greens, blossoms, and fruits.