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Digging up Grubs

[caption id="attachment_2728" align="alignnone" width="2448"]Photo Mar 30, 4 09 14 PM Enter Grubs dug from the overwintered veggie garden[/caption]

Preparing the street beds for spring planting I first pulled the winter plants (kale, cilantro), hoed the weedlets, and mixed in complete organic fertilizer (COF). During this process, I unearthed nearly 40 large grubs of varying designs.

Happy happy day for the hens.

Is there a professional or amateur entomologist out there who can help me identify these guys? What do they become? Continue reading

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Complete Organic Fertilizer

[caption id="attachment_2766" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Photo Mar 05, 1 55 55 PM Complete Organic Fertilizer (COF) a la Steve Solomon – and pretty![/caption]

If you’ve been following this blog you may have noticed my struggle with soil fertility. The first few years of the garden were prolific Continue reading

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That Honey Looks a Little Funny…

So, flash forward several months after the honey harvest, and not only has the honey crystallized to an opaque creamy yellow, but threads of white appear to mar the surface of several jars. I finally ask the Googles about it … Continue reading

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Dead Bee Honey

Sooooo….our bees died.  Again.  Sadly, the first hive that expired was on us.  I have yet to make a decent lid for the hive.  So one stormy night, the lid blew off and water made its way into the hive.  … Continue reading

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