The Bees Have Arrived

Tuesday Morning we arrived at the designated location at 6:30 a.m. to pick up our bees.  Why so late?  We were really happy to find bees that were overwintered in northern Minnesota.  The over wintered bees are ready later than those that come from warmer climates and are often coming from large colonies in bee ghettos pollinating crops like oranges or almonds.  The southern and western bees we have gotten recently have been weak, full …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, herbs, garlic scapes, green onions, snap peas, carrots or beets, asparagus, and strawberries. Field Notes.  Ken has started mulching.  First he cultivates, then pulls any larger weeds, then spreads mulch to cover the soil – it keeps soil temperatures moderate to promote microbial life in the soil, and it lowers weed pressure.  Ken tries to keep soil covered with either mulch or …

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Mulching Has Begun

Once the bulk of the planting is done, and the heat of summer arrives, Ken starts  mulching.  Some years the weather is such that Ken focuses on planting green manures rather than mulch; most years he does a lot of both.  With the season forecast as hot and dry Ken will focus more on mulch this year,  He ALWAYS plants some green manures, but it is difficult to get green manures established in heat – …

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