You may recall that my neighbor Susie (or Susie Next Door, or SND, as she’s known at our house), built three beautiful redwood boxes for raised beds in order to grow vegetables in her front yard. Here’s a recap from a couple of weeks ago of the boxes undergoing our ferocious spring downpours.

Mud, mud glorious mud!

Mud, mud glorious mud!

The rich soil she’d had trucked in turned to hard clods of clay and it took many sessions between rains to smooth them out and mix them with compost and other nutrients so she can finally plant vegetables. Today, I woke to find that SND had kept her promose to herself to get the job done “come hell or high water.” (And high water is expected again today.)

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Susie has more energy and more goodwill than anyone I know. She worked as hard on the soil in those boxes as she might have worked a 40-acre farm! I also woke this morning to find that, while she was at it, Susie generously mulched my dirt path between our houses.

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And while we’re waiting for Susie’s vegetable crop, here is bounty from Rose Anna Bethel’s California garden (see “Other People’s Gardens – Chapter 22”)

Rosie's Garden of Plenty

Rosie’s Garden of Plenty

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