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Month: July 2017

Apple Tree: From Pruning to Blooming

Apple Tree: From Pruning to Blooming

When we moved into our house over four winters ago the one fruit tree on the property was an old apple tree. It was massively overgrown and had barely produced anything in years. I wish I had pictures of the progression (it’s what I get for not trusting the cloud!).

How Capitalism Saved the Bees – Reason.com

How Capitalism Saved the Bees – Reason.com

A decade after colony collapse disorder began, pollination entrepreneurs have staved off the beepocalypse. Source: How Capitalism Saved the Bees – Reason.com After years of believing the bee scare stories, I had the sense to become a skeptic several years ago. The economic value of bees is as such that beekeepers will figure it out, there are more colonies than there were ten years ago, and the price of honey hasn’t even gone up! Some emergency.

Early Accidental Honey Harvest

Early Accidental Honey Harvest

I made a million mistakes with the bees, had no harvest equipment, tons wasted I’m sure, but fresh honey is the most glorious thing ever. even compared to locally produced raw honey I can buy in the area, you have no idea how much better this is. My modest and sad haul from my freshman mistakes (but I have a bunch of wax!)

New Home

New Home

The ladies know where their beloved god-queen is. But I’m not sure if they care for the new accommodations. I assume these bees are nurses who don’t have shit to do until queenie lays some brood.

Tiny Mantises

Tiny Mantises

The baby praying mantises are out in force! Its always exciting, because theyre one of my favorite insects, but makes mowing slower because I never want to hurt them. This yard was full up! I think a lot of people never notice them, but people dont look for insects! These are smaller than they appear,though one is the bigggest I saw, think the scale compared to a blade of grass. (I didnt think I could get this clear of a…

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Ruth Stout Potatoes

Ruth Stout Potatoes

I did some experiments with the Ruth Stout mulch method this year. Had trouble in the brassica bed but it was a terrible brassica year for everyone. My potatoes sure are happy though, but potatoes usually are. These were just set on the ground and covered in mulch

Living Fences

Living Fences

I found this article on Mother Earth News (when I was looking for something to test if there are any special link functions, there don’t appear to be any.) This topic is very interesting to me, because I am not crazy about any styles of fencing, and it is the sort of thing I dread having to do. While this is labor intensive to start, it seems that it would be much more valuable, especially in this windy area than…

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