The first farm babies of the season arrived on February 25, much to the delight of their father and the relief of their mother. Violet and Hazel arrived more quickly than their older sister Ruby had, but with no less fanfare. Ruby (2.5) who loves all soft and fuzzy things, loves to pet their soft little … Continue reading FoxPlot babies
Even now in February, we still have potatoes, onions, squash, and cabbages. Continue reading Growing in 2015
Somehow, it’s July already and we are already turning over beds and planting again for fall time. The corn is as tall as I am, and endured the wild summer storms we’ve been having recently. It seems I may have over planted lettuce, that being one of my favorite things to plant, but there’s still … Continue reading How these tasty vegetables might find their way to your plate
My alarm sounded at 4:18am. Just five more minutes. Why was I getting up this early? I peeled one lid open and stopped the noise, and searched for my glasses. I looked at my phone again, and remembered. Time to pick the radishes.
And just like the that, farmers market season has begun. The last time I’d assembled all the stuff (the tent, coolers, tables, bags, scale, rubber bands, dry erase board, tablecloths, and don’t forget the honey!) was maybe August 2012. Continue reading “Time to pick the radishes: a homecoming”
The last time I actively engaged in beekeeping was about a month before Ruby was born (so about 18 months ago or so). In the swirl of life the followed the arrival of one little bundle, I cannot remember exactly what the state of things was heading into that winter. I do know that none … Continue reading The bees keep themselves
Several years ago (six, I think), I visited my brother Bryan in Alaska. En route, I was awake for nearly 24 hours, then spent most of the week wearing long underwear in June, staying in a cabin with no running water, and general running wild. Daylight lasted until two in the morning, and returned after … Continue reading Holding on to hope
Here’s my lame excuse: We’ve been so busy! I know that’s true for just about everyone these days, but will nonetheless take the next several paragraphs to demonstrate just how busy this summer has been. It has literally been three months since a blog post went up, and I am certain I have missed the … Continue reading After much too long
It’s just the end of May, and it amazes me that the garlic has thrown scapes, the fireflies have made their debut, the tomato plants are beginning to blossom, and the bees have already gathered a harvestable amount of honey. Forgive me if I am redundant in saying this but nearly everything continues to be … Continue reading Garlic scapes in May
A little planning can go a long way for a garden. And a lot of planning can go right out the window when the unexpected crops up. We didn’t expect 80 degrees in March, rodents of unusual talent, or a swarm of bees in May. We’ve adjusted our plan here and there, letting go of … Continue reading The Fox Plot grows a very small farmer
Last post, I mentioned that once bees decide they will swarm, there is no turning back. Last Sunday, several hundred bees found their way into the garage, where the extra beekeeping equipment is kept. Smelling like honey and cozy like home, the bees are attracted to the empty frames in supers and brood boxes. At … Continue reading Swarm!