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Here’s a surefire method to bring the rain

By Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

Jenifer spent a large part of the week hand-watering everything in the fields and then laying out drip irrigation lines on all the beds. She finished Thursday morning, so naturally it rained Thursday evening.

Hey, whatever it takes to bring the rains.

Plus, a half-inch rain beats a week of drip irrigation any day. The rain will make all beans and the sweet, pop and field corn start popping up. I got the last of the field corn in on Sunday afternoon. All the potatoes got cultivated and hilled up by Wednesday evening.

I was giving the garlic one last cultivation and had to get off the tractor to move some irrigation line out of the way. I almost stepped on a big mama cooter next to the garlic section. Made me jump. I kept an eye on her as I cultivated garlic to make sure I did not run her over.

Female snapping turtles leave creeks, ponds and rivers this time of year to go find a spot to lay their eggs.

Last I saw her, she was heading into a section of the garden with a cover crop of waist-high hairy vetch and rye that we are going to let go to maturity. We won't be doing anything with that section until August or September, so if she lays her eggs in there, they should be safe.

I have only seen a few, but baby snapping turtles are so cute.

Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield;
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