Our first rain of the Winter season is expected right around Thanksgiving. Our rain is coming late this year and we are excited! With the rain, many seeds will be germinating and the hillsides will become green with lush growth. We have spread compost and cover crop seeds all about to help keep the weeds down and to enrich the soil. Cover crop seeds that have been spread about include Crimson clover, vetch, fava beans, chicory, calendulas, and low-growing California wildflowers. The clover, vetch, and beans will host rhizobia bacteria that fix nitrogen from the air into the soil. The many flowers will bring pollinating, and other beneficial insects, into the garden and orchard. In the Spring we will pasture our neighbor's goats and they will help recycle the excess green plant matter, in their manure, back to the earth.