No. We were looking for a window of time. A window in the weather that would allow us to complete the planting of some of our most important crops.
This year we have greatly expanded our plantings. Before, we kept everything here at Groundwell proper. But this year, we planted a lot of our potatoes in our neighbor's garden. We also began working ground over at Groundwell on Tucker (our other 4.5 acres around the corner). Right after we bought our tiller, we began trying to break into the sod of this long term hay field. Joe and Dominic went over it and over it with the tiller, going a bit deeper each time. It was exhausting work that was yielding little. They finally got the ground broken a few inches deep, and found that under that moderately workable soil, there was hardpan. This is soil that is so compacted by large machinery that it is almost mudshale. We were stymied.
Then our other neighbor offered to use his plow and re-breaker on it. We eagerly accepted and on the next sunny day he got over to Tucker Lane and set to work. The plow broke fairly deeply into the soil in most places, but evening came too quickly and Kenneth, being as far behind as us with his own farm work, needed to move on to other things, but left with the promise that he would be back as soon as possible to complete the job.
Unfortunately, the weather turned off wet. So, the ground sat there half broken as valuable day after valuable day passed on. The broken ground remained in huge clods, impossible to do anything with.
So, we went out with hoes and broke down the peaks of the large clumps.
It may not look like much to the untrained eye, but this rectangle of broken ground holds, if everything goes well, the majority of the corn, field peas, sweetpotatoes, and sunflower seeds that we will eat in the coming year.
Thank God for rain, and thank Him again for the windows!