Love the works and making me ready to get started on mine. Just pulled one big chunk of my debt out of the way so now I can afford to spend a little more to get things started. Just need to get more into a good design on a few ponds for my land here too and a stream both up out of the draw here and in the draw itself to help hydrate more of the land rather then being relatively flat as from one end of land to the other is a 10 ft elevation difference except for the draw itself where it drops 40 ft or so.
Rice sprouted in the pond but most of the roots didnt dig down so the plants are pretty much floating on the surface. That's probably why most memories of rice fields involve seedlings being transplanted. I would say 90% floated, 10% rooted down. I did do 12 cells of seeds in transplant pots just so i knew when they sprouted. I ended up planting those.
Most of the edge plantings i did last year came back when the rains came. I am very happy about that. The ones ludens had sent me.
The terrace is "amber waves of grain " and looks awesome when the wind blows. The wheat and oats are full of seeds and dry. The perrenials and trees are all doing well.
I added a beehive into the terrace.
One cow had twins. Not good. Second one didnt know how to suck so we had to force feed it for a week. Literally pushing a tube down his throat and letting 1 to 2 quarts drain into his stomach.
Father in law passed and ive been very busy at his ranch. Hauling trash out, sorting auction items, mowing it, getting tractors, generators, welders running so they get top dollar......lots to do.