Here are pictures from a visit to the garden last Thursday evening.
This view is North across the old ditch towards the garden. The line of Lodgepole Pine grows along the Northern boundary. Groundwater is gathered in a ditch at the base of the trees and grows lots of algae. The ditch turns south along the East edge of the garden and then flows slowly across the field. It is like a pre-made chinampa system!
This area, West of the garden, doesn't look like much. But during the winter water seeps over the surface (from midframe to the left), which keeps the ground from freezing and extends the growing season of the grass. English sheepfarmers used this effect in their water-meadows
Nice little barn and corral. There is a culvert in midframe to let the ditch continue flowing to the SW. My brothers are bringing power and water back to the barn. At some point in the future we will have some chickens, and my Dad might run paddocked cattle or pigs on the field.
Our old chicken tractor:
The snow peas that we planted at the end of February are starting to climb the field fence. We planted them here in hopes that the deer would browse around the outside of the garden and not come in.
The plastic mulch is temporary. The garter snakes love it. There is a 3' long one that likes to hang out near the entrance to the garden. And a whole bunch of it's babies live in the different mulches. I am a fan and will continue to build habitat for them. My wife gets the creeps, but is brave about it.
Garlic patch, due to harvested in June or maybe July. The potato patch is in the foreground, compost pile behind the garlic. And then the wattle fence. Do you see the apple stakes blooming?
Green beans and onions.