Walah! Woohoo!! Hallelujah! And FINALLY!! Yes. That is a man in the rice paddy pushing a rice planting machine and yes I do believe he is planting rice!!
The machine made it to the end of the field! And yes to anyone who knows anything about rice paddies- it is still very uneven and yes, we know that. But it's our first year and it has been a long road so far so let us celebrate rice going in without thinking about what we could have/ should have done, ok?)
Child labour... One of the could have should have would have bits was that if your rice paddy isn't dead level there will be parts that are out of the water and therefore harden and parts that are in very deep water and therefore below what the planting machine can manage. All these places need to be planted by hand... That was a good 2/3 of our paddy so a big job. Lucky we have child labourers to exploit, huh? Actually they loved it. Really. Amy kept saying 'ganbatte baby rice!' as she planted.
The dry parts were drying out too fast in the sun so we opened the floodgates and let the water in. Lots of water! And the fence! Getting there, getting there!
The duck house. It sits on crates in the paddy and is lockable at night. You can't see but we have also strung orange fishing line in a criss cross pattern all across the field to protect the ducklings from airborne predators.
It was a BIG day- 7:00- 6:30 but we finally did it.
YEAH for rice!!!! Now we just have to keep it alive and disease free for the next 5 months....
And because I thought it was really pretty in a design kind of way this is how we transported the rice from the incubator field to the paddy:
All curled up and cuddling each other on the back of a crane truck.