Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Strawberry Plants and an Alien

Found this huge grub while digging strawberry holes. Internet seems to identify him as a June Bug Larvae
Bare root strawberry plants are in!  I went to the store intending to purchase one 5 pack, but then I saw they were only $2.29, and I thought, hmm, I really need six... so I'll just pick up two packs.  I planted the five chandlers in the strawberry patch over by the asparagus, and the seascape in the far strawberry patch.

Sunday, November 13, 2016


On this pretty Sunday, I thought I'd take some time to clean up my blackberry bed. It seems I never think of this poor forgotten shrub until I want some fruit from it. So I decided to weed out its bed, add some coffee grounds to lower the pH (I think this bed is very low on iron for some reason), and add some 3 month fertilizer. I figure that will be a good start to get it through the winter months. And then maybe this spring I can finally get some fruit!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Up close and personal

Today's fun backyard photo.

Thinning seedlings

Thinning seedlings is always hard for me. I kill so many plants that I have a hard time weeding out those that actually are alive. Unfortuantely, come harvest, I always regret that I didn't thin more.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Today's fun photo

Another great photo from Dave from our backyard. 

Fall is a beautiful time in the yard. The back porch is swamped by my twelve foot Esperanza.  It practically crawls with bugs, butterflies and bees.  We saw this amazing beauty on it today.  It must be at least 2 inches, maybe two and a half. By far, the biggest bee I have ever seen.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fall Honey Extraction

Last year, our one hive did not have enough surplus to extract any honey. This spring we put in two additional hives, and they were started much earlier than last year's. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Today's fun photo from our backyard

Another great photo from Dave from our backyard. 

Today's fun picture from our backyard is a red-shouldered hawk! We have had two mating pairs of these beauties in the neighborhood for the past year or so. One of the females likes to sit in a chinaberry tree just on the other side of the fence from my yard. I heard her calling this afternoon, mounted the longest lens I have (sadly, only 200mm) and went out for some photos. The backlighting was a bear, but I like this one reasonably well.
Now to get a photo of the bird in the air...they are strikingly beautiful.
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