The rains have returned! I am back out in the yard digging. I am making a manure pit and covering it with soil so the neighbors don't complain. As I dig in the dirt, I am struct again, by the complete lack of life there. No worms. No beetles. No insect bodies of any kind, the soil hotel is vacant, apparently closed for business. We have several ancient apple trees left over from the haydays of a previous orchard. Countless apples on the ground and no fruit flies. No larva crawling from inside. No bees swarming them. Same with my bazillion tomatoes that are rotting on the vine. Mold, but no bugs. Last night, I watched the sky. I saw one dragon fly and two other types of fliers, but that was it. What are the bats going to eat?
This summer, I bought two Peach trees. They were diseased. I knew they were, but heck, I've made plants health in the past, and they were only five bucks, going to a good cause. They are healthier, but still, not in the free and clear. A smart person would put them on the burn pile, or take them to the refuse to be composted. I'm planting them in my yard today. If they make it, great! If they become bug infested, even better! I am desperate for life. At this point, even "bad" bugs look good to me.
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