There is no time to waste in the vegetable growing season at a 4000 foot elevation. It was time to get busy. I spent the morning reorganizing my collectibles, moved the bottle tree to a more forward and secure setting with boulders resting on its rebar feet and started leveling the dung.
One pile done.
Two big piles in progress.
This is going to be the melon department. I intend to grow some of the finest cantaloupe this side of the Mississippi. That's the plan anyway. The dung piles will also be getting some butternut squash since that seemed to be a family favorite.
The lesser squash will be grown in the roadside vegetable garden.
That is some fine looking dung. It grew big pumpkins for me a couple of years ago.
Two big piles done. It's ready to plant. I'm germinating my seeds in trays of four inch pots though. I have less seedling loss that way.
One Blue Ridge Red Salamander, Pseudotriton ruber subsp. nitidus got lucky. I was furiously shoveling poop when it got scooped up. It is lucky not to have been cut in half.
I gave it a bath for its closeup and then put it back in the woods near the compost pile.
One nice tidy melon department with a new bottle tree is ready to go.