strawberries come early?
May 15, 2012, 12:22 pm
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Well asparagus and rhubarb were still kind of bust this year. But it looks like we’ll have a big crop of strawberries!!

Yesterday I actually found one that was ripe. Man was it good! Let’s hope the chippies leave some for us this year!

It seems a little early for strawberries, and I notice that some of them are kind of wonky on the bottom–must have got a touch of frost perhaps?



Attack! pests and predators in the garden
May 27, 2010, 10:56 am
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Trying to do the garden farming thing and you often realize just what an epic struggle you’re engaged in. It’s life and death out there. Last year’s blight was a good reminder of how tough it is, and how strong mother nature is.

So, this morning I go out to my early morning watering and am struck by the pests and predators we’re currently battling.

First of all, I’ve been waiting for a year now to have some strawberries. Patiently waiting, hoping for a nice strawberry. Sigh. We’re nearly there. Plants are big and loaded with berries.

strawberries and leeks

oh boy oh boy!

And then…


Apparently we’re not the only ones waiting for a treat. Sheesh. Damn chippies. We’ve also lost some to¬†botrytis (moldy berries), and some ends have been eaten by some kind of insect. ARGH. There go my dreams of at least having enough to make one dessert!

And then I decided to check in on the bees. I opened up Louis and ACK!! SCARY!!!

Ants everywhere!!!

Sigh. Guess we’ll have to look up ant control for beehives.

I took the lid away and hosed it down, but i’m sure there are many many others lurking!