early saturday morning saw me out in the garden, roto-tilling the beds. 2 bags of chicken poo per bed and 10 minutes with the mantis tiller and these beds are ready to grow. 11 of the 12 beds were raked smooth and ready for planting.
the twelfth was a little too close to the bee hives and the ladies werent in the proper disposition to allow me at the bed to finish it up. ah - another task for an early morning visit to the garden this week.
picture #1 - garden in flight, weeds piled up, beds roto-tilled but in disarray.
picture #2 - ready for seeds.
tomatoes go in - starting tonight.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
the top picture is actually the smaller of the two - the bottom one was a nice fattie that dropped easily into the nuc hive. these are text book swarms, which make hiving up real easy.
first you squirt them up with sugar water - this gets thier attention directed to cleaning themsleves up and being wet - there are fewer flyers to contend with. place the hive directly under the branch, a quick shake and usually the swarm drops right into the box.
i gathered a third swarm late sunday - yes, they were from my hives also and my neighbor called to report the wayward girls partying on our common fence. they were hived up too - but i failed to get a picture of that one.
i am about done for swarms in 2012.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
this year will see 14 tomato plants.
yep, remember when i had 41 in the ground. well that has dwindled over the past 3 years, as i found out more isnt necessarily better. i have 12 raised beds and used 6 for the tomatoes - and i did cram in 41 plants. year 2 saw 36, last year was 25. i found cramped plants, rotting tomatoes i couldnt get to fast enough - and really, i think i will have more than enough with this number. and to top it off, water isnt cheap and i need to be a better steward of it.
its going to be 14 going forward. here is the list of 2012 varieties i will be planting:
cherokee purple - a great heirloom, in my garden every year
first prize - new variety i am trying - hybrid
black pear - new variety i am trying - heirloom
Japanese black trifele - first tried in 2011 and was great, should be planted every year - heirloom
black prince - new variety i am trying - heirloom
boxcar willie - new variety i am trying - heirloom
carbon - new variety i am trying - heirloom
early girl - my usual go-to for an early variety, some years isnt as early as planned - hybrid
sun gold - no garden is complete with out this cherry variety, its sweet like candy, a must have - hybrid
black zebra - my all time favorite. - hybrid
black zebra - so good its the only one i have two of in my garden - hybrid
super fantastic - good consistent producer, planted every year - hybrid
champion 2 - good consistent producer, planted every year - hybrid
Frontyard Freebee - variety for 2012 unknown, but this comes from my favorite local nursery and who doesnt like a freebee?
Sunday, February 5, 2012
trucked in 2 yards of compost to improve the generally poor soil i have. the compost is added every year or two - that is the raised bedding areas along the tree rows.
51 fruit trees in that little orchard.