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Alice Wachenheim in her Rose Garden. Early 1960s.
I'm dehydrating Roma tomatoes right now. Last year they began to mold before they dried out. Not sure how to prevent that. I'm using my third dehydrator, thinking about buying another that would work faster. Any recommendations?
Thanks for that post Joan. I've been reading about it after seeing your post, and it seems to be an excellent way to dramatically improve soil. Here are some of the articles on the subject:
" ramial wood chips, which are wood chips made from the outer reaches of a deciduous tree. That means the smaller branches, including the leaves if possible, and not so much the trunk and thicker branches (the rule of thumb is nothing more than 2.5 inches thick).
"ramial wood chips fungal dominant soil. We want a soil that’s full of the beneficial fungi that help woody plants grow vibrantly and resiliently.
"The ideal soil for woody plants contains beneficial fungi and these ‘fun guys’ thrive with the addition of ramial wood chip mulches. This type of mulch has the optimum balance of carbon to nitrogen and higher nutrient content than other wood chips. This optimum balance is due in large part to the greater ratio of cambium and recently living cells vs. old dead wood cells. It makes sense that using wood chips made with more live tissue or recently-living tissue will have more nutrient value than chips made from older wood, which is mostly carbon.
Honey bees and quite a few other kinds of bees are always busy on my raspberries. I'm always happy to see them also.
I like bumblebees but don't see them very often, so it's an extra treat when I do.
Daniel, I suppose I don't have to freeze sauerkraut. I just do. It's probably like wine and should "keep".
Both honey and bumble bees love my red raspberry blooms right now. I'm always happy to see honeybees.
It's actually raining today--the first in a month. Bring it on. I don't mind missing a day of golf (although I miss getting my walk/jog in).
I ran across this article from NPR this morning.
The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making
"The University of Minnesota Bee Squad, a group that provides beekeeping education and mentoring in the Twin Cities, is seeing more healthy hives become rapidly infested with mites and the viruses they carry."
MiteCheck is a program that allows beekeepers to provide information about the health of bees in your region.
Daniel, I have lost track of how your bees thrive this summer. Have you had problems with mites and the viruses they may carry?
This has nothing to do with gardening, but..... The other day, I "lost" my spatula. I had scooped out the last of a peanut butter jar, set the spatual on the counter, went to bed, and in the morning, it was gone! I finally found it behind my convection oven, 8 feet away, all chewed up. I suspected a mouse, and sure enough, I caught him (or her) in my metal "cage" trap. (Dog Dot had a fun time playing with the mouse after I released it in the yard.) At least it wasn't a chipmunk or rat--just a supermouse!
As for my sweet corn, I really haven't had any major 'coon issues, mostly because I don't have much corn. It failed to germinate well. It's just enough to eat daily. Besides, I have all the corn I want from my farmer kids. I did freeze up a batch of my own yesterday--cobs and all. Takes up a lot of freezer space, so I'll eat it soon.
My freezer is almost full, and I have much more to add--peaches, pear sauce, slaw and sauerkraut, and more red raspberries. I also did 4 quarts of tomatoes yest.
There's one thing about cats, they don't poop in their own garden, they consider that as unmannered. Very embarassing if you have cats and you see them returning from the neighbours garden with their halos switched on.
Daniel, are you hinting that I should throw some of those rabbits in my neighborhood on the barbie?
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