Bee Hive Update

I went into all three bees hives today and I am happy to report all hives  are ‘Queen right!’  ‘Queen right,’ refers to the fact there is evidence of having a healthy laying queen in the hive  Healthy brood. is evidence of a hive being, ‘Queen Right.’  ‘Brood,’ is a collective term for eggs, larva and pupa in the hive.  The photo here was taken …

New Blackberry Arbor Completed!

I planted a second row blackberries last spring and I started  installing a new arbor.  This arbor will be built with two inch metal posts and stainless steal cables as supports.  The posts were cemented last weekend and will be ready for cable installations this weekend.                 Three holes were drilled in each post and eye bolts were …

Winter Garden Update

Tomorrow I will be picking fresh broccoli  from the winter garden!     The turnips are in full production as well as the radishes!                              

Monarch Waystation

Monarch Butterflies and Native pollinators have been in the news  quit a bit this past year.  Besides keeping honey bees and Blue Orchard Bees, this spring I plan to create a Monarch Way Station.   I have several plants which attract butterflies in in my yard such as Buddleja and Passion flowers, but this spring I will devote an estimated 500 square feet of space to …

Winter Vegetable Garden

This year I built a frame out of PVC frame to cover the ‘Square Foot’ garden beds.  It is a simply frame made out of 3/4 inch PVC pipe.  I purchased a roll of 100 foot by 12 foot 14 mil clear plastic from Home Depot as the cover.  I only needed 25 feet but I have plenty for future years. I haven’t tried to …

Grandma’s Cinnamon Roles

Grandma quote My Mom Patsy has been making these pecan cinnamon rolls for the last 20 years at least. Every family gathering I’ve ever been to she’s prepped at least two hot pans of these babies: one with pecans and another without. We all know whats inside those silver pans before grandma lifts the lids. A hot cup of coffee and a gooey cinnamon roll is my favorite …

Felco Pruning Tools

I love these F7 Felco pruners. Last year I gifted a pair to my son who also loves them. They’re a family tradition that lasts. Check out the whole Felco store for other pruners.

Orchard

We have a half acre fruit orchard with over thirty fruit trees.  The trees were selected and planted to provide fruit from May through December.  The age of the trees vary as trees have been plant over the twelve years we have lived on the property.  Some trees have been been poor choices due to climate, but others have thrived.  We eat most of the fruit …

The Summer Harvest Continues

The summer harvest is in full swing with cucumbers, tomato and peppers continuing to ripen on a daily basis.   This years summer garden was an experiment. If you have ever driven by a strawberry field in southern California you always see black plastic covering acres of soil. Strawberry growing fields are usually fumigated with Methyl Bromide before the strawberries are planted.  Fumigation is used …

The Peony have started to bloom on the Farm and several are blooming for the first time this year.  Planting Peony from root cuttings in the Fall can result in a two to three year wait before you start to get flowers.  The first two years the plant has mainly vegetative growth.  Vegetative growth means the plant produces only green stems and leaves with, but no flowers. …