Bringing in the sheaves

For the last several days, I have cruised the wheat field, all 4 x 40 feet of it.  I learned that once it started to ripen, it is important to check it daily by tasting a wheat berry.  When the wheat is unripe, the berry is sort of mushy.  Once it ripens, the berry sort of cracks.  As a farmer, I checked it every day for the last week or so.  On Thursday, a berry cracked.  So, I scheduled my beautiful mom to come over on this beautiful Saturday morning and help with the harvest. She’s been looking forward to it…

Amber waves of grain

Amber waves of grain

A John Deere combine wouldn’t fit on Gladys Drive, plus there is a tricky telephone pole at the end of the retaining wall, so we opted for a hedge trimmer instead. Bzzzzzzzzzzz.

Half a buzz cut

Half a buzz cut

At some point in the process, I had to relinquish control.  I mean, I wanted to cut each stalk with scissors to ensure that I wouldn’t lose any wheat.  It became clear within seconds that scissors, shears, or lawn trimmer were not going to do it.  Hedge trimmer it was.  I buzzed it one way, and the wheat fell the other.  My mom started gathering it up, and we tied a string around it.  (To make a sheave, people!)

Sheaves of Wheat

Sheaves of Wheat

After we bundled and tied all the wheat, and placed it on the front porch, we went back over the cut wheat to gather extraneous  grain.  Couple of passes, and I gathered about another pound of grain.

After that, I gave the field a buzz cut.  I will turn the soil next week.

Maybe.

In the meantime, the wheat will sit on the porch continuing to dry until my thumbnail won’t make a dent in a berry.  Then it’s time to winnow!

I feel Amish.

Wheat

Wheat

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