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  • Fresh Eggs

    Posted on May 18th, 2009 Dirk No comments

     

    Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs

    If it weren’t for the fresh eggs, I think that I would never have free-range chickens.  The chickens seem to get into every flower bed and vegetable patch that I have.  They did in the soil looking for bugs and worms.  I like that part.  However, they dig in the softest soil which is always where you have planted the latest flowers and veggies.  Here is a photo of some of the eggs that we collect every day.

    It has been such a long time since we have bought any eggs that are commercially raised, I had forgot just how much more flavor the home grown eggs are.  I helped my friend, Jack, with a Gospel Choir Concert that he had in Ogden.  After the performance we went to get a bite to eat.  I ordered some scrambled eggs with my meal.  The best I can say for those eggs is that they were hot and a good carrier for ketchup.

  • Trees In Bloom

    Posted on May 17th, 2009 Dirk No comments

     

    Apples In Bloom

    Apples In Bloom

    I love it when the trees are in bloom.  Especially the apple trees.  In our backyard we have 17 apples trees.  Most of them are dwarf or semi-dwarf varieties.  Only two of the 17 trees are the same type.  One of the nice things about having bees and trees is that the bees handle the pollination of the trees so you get good fruit set.  I went out into the orchard to see how much pollinator activity there was.  I saw quite a few honey bees along with bumblebees, solitary bees and other nectar gathering flies.  I would say that we should have a pretty good fruit set on the apples this year.  I took a couple of photos of the honey bees in action.

    Bee In Blossom

    Bee In Blossom

     

    Bee In Blossom 2

    Bee In Blossom 2

  • Hops – Another Week

    Posted on May 16th, 2009 Dirk No comments

     

    Hops on May 16th, 2009

    Hops on May 16th, 2009

    In looking at the hops today I have several plants that have shoots that over seven feet tall.  I am seriously blown away by how fast they grow.  I swear that you could sit and watch them grow.  I took some of the other shoots and put them onto the trellis.  I am wondering if I need to run some more twine and stake it down to the south side of the plants.  In any case I like what I am seeing this year.

    I need to stake out the Avon hops soon.  The shoots are starting to get tall enough to need training.  I do need to get out their and weed and mulch everything.