This is how I fertilize the garden, by adding wheelbarrows of green matter, of which I have an endless supply. Plenty of organic matter makes for a very biologically rich garden. Wouldn’t you rather eat vegetables growing from soil made from wheelbarrows of lush plants than vegetables growing in soil full of industrial fertilizers?
Every time I work in the garden, I am amazed at how much life is in the soil, earthworms, spiders, grubs, countless tiny creatures scurrying about. Look at the soil with a microscope and it is teeming with life.
On a beautiful summer day with hydrangea and daisies in bloom, poppy plants thrusting their seed pods high into the air, what could possibly go awry?
While fixing lunch, I heard a commotion of loud cackles coming from around the pond. Something was disturbing the chickens so much that a few had flown over the fence. I was saddened to find one of Sven’s tail feathers along with some of his hind feathers in the grass on the far side of the pond.
I was prepared to never see him again, though from the few feathers I found, I had hope that he had escaped. If something had caught him, there would have been many more of his feathers left behind. I found Koromo-hime 衣姫 perched in a cherry tree, something that only happens if she were fleeing from danger.
After fleeing from a predator, chickens hide and wait until the danger is past. They can wait for hours, lying very still. Throughout the afternoon, I repeatedly returned to the spot where Sven’s feathers lay scattered on the grass, and close to five in the afternoon, Sven appeared, along with a handful of hens. They had been hiding down by the pond, waiting most of the afternoon until they felt safe to venture out.
I felt much better watching Sven and Koromo-hime walk home around the pond.
The wee bit of marjoram I planted a year or two ago, is spreading nicely along the path to the cabin. With this much marjoram, I have a constant supply of fresh marjoram. You can’t be sad when a handful of marjoram is just a short walk from the kitchen, and a beautiful rooster like Sven is safe and sound.