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Category Archives: spring
Digging up Grubs
[caption id="attachment_2728" align="alignnone" width="2448"] 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
Posted in animal behaviour, bugs, chickens, pest control, spring, vegetable garden Tagged grubs Leave a comment
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
Posted in bees, spring, top bar hive Tagged colony collapse disorder, dead hive, hobby beek, urban beekeeping 5 Comments
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
Posted in flowers, fruit, spring, summer Tagged fruit trees, global warming, unusual bloom 24 Comments
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
Posted in spring, starting seeds, tomatillos, tomatoes, vegetable starts 2 Comments