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strawberries come early?
May 15, 2012, 12:22 pm
Filed under: gardening, the yard | Tags: , , ,

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?

 

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Attack! pests and predators in the garden
May 27, 2010, 10:56 am
Filed under: bees, farm, gardening | Tags: , , ,

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…

WHAT??!!!

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!