We connected with our 6th captured honey bee swarm of the year! This was our first year trapping swarms and I admit that I wasn’t convinced it would work as we assembled the traps. But after catching 6 FREE swarms of honey bees I’m a believer.
I love a good sour dough pancake and had a hankering for some. We broke out the crock, peeled a russet potato and mixed up a batch of sour dough pancake goodness. The next batch of sour dough will be used for some amazing biscuits.
They’ve been growing like mad recently and I’m excited to get to enjoy some very soon. They’re not quite ready but there are lots of them this size. It won’t be long now! We’ve got two 30 foot rows of them spaced 3 inches apart. There should be lots to eat and plenty to pressure can for the pantry.
July 20th update –
We’ve got green beans! They’ll be picked today and canned tomorrow.
We weren’t in the garden for about 4 days and I missed the signs of horn worms until they had done some serious damage. We went through our plants and plucked off any horn worm caterpillars we spotted. They’re in a canned chicken can on top of a 2 gallon bucket in the picture below.
After removing all of them we were able to see I mixed up a batch of BT and sprayed all the plants. The next day I went out and found ones that we had missed dead and hanging from plants.
We got out in the garden today to band up out cauliflower to prevent sun bleaching of the heads. Simply bring 3-5 large leafs up over the head and use a rubber band to hold them together. This provides a barrier from the sun and will keep your cauliflower head white.
When we were growing a traditional garden we tried growing eggplants a few times and it never turned out well for us or the poor eggplants. This is out first year implementing the Mittlieder Gardening Method but I decided to try it again as a benchmark. It’s not yet close to being ready to eat but this is further than we’ve been able to grow one in the past so I’ve got high hopes it will continue and we will get to eat it.
My brother called me a couple days ago to say our swarm traps once again worked and captured our 5th swarm of honey bees for the year. We are now officially out of deep boxes so we broke out the table saw the other day and built a few more. They will get a couple coats of paint and then will be put into service!
They’re not quite ready for me to eat but these jalapeños are getting close! I love picking fresh peppers from the garden and bringing them in right before dinner. Lots of blooms on our pepper plants and I’m looking forward to having enough to can soon.