Instead of Strawberries Fields Forever, we escape to the Mustard Fields Forever.
It doesn’t have quite the lyrical quality but if you like yellow you can escape in the color for just a short time…to catch your breath…but I am certain of one thing Strawberry Fields smell a whole lot better than Mustard Fields.
I am waiting for them to become truly magical when and IF the Monarchs show up like they did last year.
Last year there was only one field…maybe two…this year every field that grew a crop of peas was planted into mustard after the peas were harvested. The mustard will be chopped up soon and incorporated into the soil as a natural nematicide which kills nematodes in the soil. Root Knot Nematodes feed on the roots of potatoes and tubers causing a 60% decrease in production and unsightly looking potatoes.
Just my opinion, tractors and equipment should not be allowed to go from one field to another without being disinfected. Potatoes should not be left in the fields…they are very hard to pick out of low lying wet areas. Potato vines should not be left in the fields. A longer crop rotation cycle should be observed.
I am glad they are not using the soil fumigants which are very toxic. I would much rather take photographs of mustard fields than Peligro Signs.
Are you humming along…I bet you will have that ear worm all day…Nothing is real….