There is rain in the forecast and hopefully it will be more than a sprinkling. I am looking forward to hearing pounding raindrops in my sleep and waking up to puddles. The soil is already so dry from the heat that the rain is truly a blessing. I do not think that the wheat and oats that we planted a few weeks ago would grow successfully without it. This is one of the first cold storms we have had. For the past week we have had frost in the valley, mostly in small patches but for a few nights it covered the fields. In general the last frost date in Petaluma is April 15th but I am curious to see what that date is here. We have only been here for 3 years so we just barely getting to know this piece of land and its unique seasons.
The fields are slowly filling with vegetables. The first transplants went in the ground on Friday. They are upright and have great color today. You can barely see them in the photo but by June they will cover the beds. Our pants will be soaked with the dew that collects on the leaves as we harvest them.
We have 3 new calves in the field. The boss cow Blossom had her calf first last week, followed by two more this weekend. The tall green grass and the vetch that is in the fields are keeping the cows shiny and beautiful right now. They are well nourished and resting often as their energy needs are met in fewer bites. This little lupine is one of my favorite wildflowers to see in the field!