Author Archives: jkmcintyre

Cleaning out the Combs

In November, we harvested the full honey combs from the hive that died of exposure during a bad fall storm. It was our first experience extracting honey – and from a top bar hive at that.  In all, we crushed … Continue reading

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Earliest garlic harvest

I keep records.  Of all sorts of things.  The goings-on in the garden is just one of them. Harvesting garlic is an garden highlight, so it usually gets recorded. This year is the earliest I have ever harvested garlic here … Continue reading

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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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