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Vegetable Gardening and Apiculture 23 Jun 2024 23:16 #129744

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It's 95°F out there!

One hundred all male hybrid asparagus seeds planted yesterday. Ten cents per seed. Atlas and Apollo cultivars.

Planted on June 2nd 2024

 


Here's the 90 that germinated and made it on 6-26-2024 and now are 21 days old. There's a penny in there for scale. 

 

 
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Vegetable Gardening and Apiculture 22 Jun 2024 20:25 #129733

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Again our meager garden. Sufficient for the two of us. 

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Our first picking of Bronco bush stringless green beans. We've only got about a 15ft. row. Some gardeners plant Bronco every week to ten days and pick the beans by pulling up the whole plant and working on them on a table. It beats bending over to pick. Bronco has been breed to set one large crop with all of the beans ripening at the same time for machine harvesting. It's a trait that some gardeners take advantage of. 



 
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We've got Rattlesnakes! 19 Jun 2024 00:18 #129669

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Rattlesnake pole beans, that is. 

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Volunteered from last years fall crop and some are 8ft. tall already. 

 


Broccoli and sliced tomatoes for lunch today:

 



 
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Vegetable Gardening and Apiculture 15 Jun 2024 12:47 #129625

A friend, Francis, who has since died, grew up in the Cherokee National Forest, he told me how they used to find feral bee colonies. They used stink bait to attract bees, then put flour on them so they could see the bees, and see what direction they went when they flew off. They did this in two or more places to get intersecting lines, then they would go find the tree. This process could take days. It was a lot of work to cut down and open the tree (no chain saw), and carry all the comb and bees back to the house. He said they didn’t have veils or beesuits. 
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Vagabonding.

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We just dug our elephant garlic this afternoon and found about 60 corms dangling from some of the roots. The corm is a clone of the original clove that was planted. Bulblets are similar to corms except that bulblets form in the flower and are not clones because they are often pollenated by other garlic including wild garlic.

This is a first for us. The corms can be grown to 'rounds' the first year and then on to full sized garlic the second year. 

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Here's a good video on the process we are following:



 
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Wishing you the best!

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Vegetable Gardening 09 Jun 2024 21:19 #129544

Last week I checked the swarm a friend gave me. There was no brood, and I couldn't find the queen. I was not alarmed because this would not be an unusual situation. Today I checked them again, and found 9 capped queen cells, no queen, and no brood. This situation is not in the books. I speculate that the queen they had, laid a few eggs, then died. The bees are making a new queen from one of the eggs she laid. I don't know any other way this could have happened. I've never seen this before. Maybe this fancy new AI can figure it out. In this picture you can see queen cells. Best case from here on out is a queen hatches, mates, starts laying, it might be 3 weeks before new brood hatches if all goes well. I might put in a frame of capped brood from another hive to boost them, or maybe not. I'll check again later this week and see what's what. 

Edit: Thinking about it, I believe there was something wrong with the queen, and the colony decided to supersedure as soon as possible. Supersedure is the process bees use to replace a failing or otherwise unacceptable queen. 

You might have guessed, the "queen" is not in charge. Her viability is performance based. 

This goes into philosophical questions after a couple of beers. 

  

 

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Vegetable Gardening 02 Jun 2024 23:10 #129467

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We've been eating fresh onions for about a month now and today was the day to dig the rest of them. The tops were laying down but mostly still green. We use a 6ft x 6ft. chain link fence gate hanging from the rafters at the side of the garage for curing. There is stored energy in the onion tops and it will translocate to the bulb as they dry. Smells like onions out there. What a day, what a day! Digging while thunder was booming in the distance. We need rain but not badly yet. 

 

 

Some small volunteer asparagus seedlings:

 

One hundred all male hybrid asparagus seeds planted yesterday. Ten cents per seed. Atlas and Apollo cultivars. 

 

Hiro Majesty hosta. A stunning big leafed cultivar from my good friend, Alex Summers, founder of the American Hosta Society. RIP Alex, I'll always remember you. 

 





 
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