Even after such a mild winter, I am guilty of complaining just a week ago that I was ready for warmer weather. I honestly wasn’t expecting 80 degrees in mid-March! As delightful as it feels, it sets in motion some things that would not ordinarily begin until later in spring (as it is still officially … Continue reading Who turned on the summer?
The bees have left the hive and are coming back with pollen! Here’s the comings and going at one hive entrance. I give them serious accolades for being the first hives (kept by our small three beekeeper collective) to make it in through the winter since I talked my own mum into this four years … Continue reading And they’re off!
Yesterday marked the beginning of this year’s garden. Two trays of Copra onions and one of King Richard and Lexton leeks planted! I ought to be shouting it from the rooftops though my joy is a little bit diminished because; (1) We’re behind schedule already and (2) We’re behind because we don’t have enough space to … Continue reading The Garden Begins and Growing Pains
Sometime late last May, nearly a year ago now, I started a handful of pumpkin and winter squash seeds. We got a bit busy and behind on the transplanting, so it was well into June before they went into the ground. Fast forward through the summer and into the fall, and I was out in … Continue reading Me and my butternut (or My butternut and I)
If you’ve been on a meander or walk about in a less than perfect landscaped park near you, you’ve likely run across the notorious garlic mustard. I stomped around the empty rows of the garden just yesterday and came across this very resilient little plant. With the mild winter, it just hung out until now, … Continue reading Weeds you can eat: Garlic Mustard
You would think after nearly five years of hanging out with the flyboy, I’d have wised up to a few things. If there is one thing I know, he loves a good surprise. Correction, he likes a surprise when he is on the delivery end of it. That being said, I should have come … Continue reading Unlikely Valentines and Surprises
A short 65 miles from the Fox Plot is a much larger plot, a farm really, called Kinnikinnick Farm located just northeast of Rockford, IL and south of the Wisconsin border. It is (for this wannna-be farmer) the stuff that dreams are made of. Susan and David Cleverdon, while originally city folks, made their way westward … Continue reading A farm called Kinnikinnick