Wednesday, May 6, 2009

1st week of May

Plants are growing and bees are buzzing. Judy & Randy Durfy received their bee shipment on Saturday around 6 p.m. They drove to the drop off in Milford, picked up 2 hives, brought one here and placed them in the hive, and then drove to Trenton to place their 2nd hive. The workers are busy getting to know their new home and are exploring the area. They are in the woods, about 30 yards south of the driveway by the back small barn - you can't miss the yellow hive.

All of the chinese cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower has now been transplanted from the cold frames to the front garden. The back garden has all sprouted (planted almost 2 weeks ago now). The flea beetles have found many of the brassicas. They do some serious damage very quickly so watch out for 1 mm black beetles (small holes in the leaves). I think we've saved the plants though. Nathan sprayed many of the veggies with deer repellent today (putrified egg spray - it stinks!). He was concerned about the rabbit that lives in the Forsythia bush. We planted some ginger today - let's see what happens - and transplanted some of the kale and collards out of the hot house. Other than that, the garlic is about 4 - 6" tall now, the onions are between 6" and 1 foot, the plants in the hot house are growing nicely and things are coming along. I think deliveries will begin May 27 or in 3 weeks. We may have a small amount May 20.

Something to think about: we've been eating stinging nettles and dandelions lately. The nettles make an excellent tea. We've learned they are one of the most nutritous veggies around - increased blood flow, packed with vitamins, good for rhumatoid arthritis, etc. etc. etc.. They are really tasty sauteed with a little garlic and a little salt - they have a buttery flavor and taste a little like lobster. Nettle pesto is also really good. Also, fried dandelion flowers are really a nice surprise. The children loved them! They were a bit heavy (deep fried) but if you don't eat them all the time, what a treat! If you'd like a recipe for either, please let me know.

We've also learned that dandelions are a very important food source for honey bees. The honey bees don't go for the fruit tree blossoms - mason bees and bumble bees do that. The honey bees go for other nectar sources, dandelions being high on the list. So, if your neighbor gives you a hard time about not spraying your weeds, tell him/her that your doing your part for the honey bee.

On Monday and Wednesday next week I will need help constructing the tool shed - 1 - 4ish. No experience is necessary. Please let me know if you are available. Or, if you'd like to come in the evening or on the weekend, give me a call.

Thanks & have a great week!

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