Category Archives: spring

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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Definitely Dead

The Carny hive, suspected of demise (and then a spark of hope), is now, finally, dead. Here is what I found: Of 23 top bars drawn out with comb, bars 13-19 were heavy with honey. Dead bees littered the floor … Continue reading

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Twice blooming fruit trees?

The past few years I have noticed something unusual. My fruit trees bloom twice. Once in early spring, when I am expecting it, and once in mid-summer when I am not. I noticed it first in our pear tree. With … Continue reading

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Starting Seeds Like a Pro

OK, ok.  Enough of this make-do seed starting nonsense.  Rearranging my tiny house to make use of the south-facing windows, too little light, inconsistent heat.  And trying to start seeds in cold frames was hit-and-miss (hit 2011, miss 2012). The … Continue reading

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