We all walk ancientrails. Welcome to the journey.

To Bee, To Do

Mid-Summer                                                             Waning Honey Flow Moon Out to the bees in just a few minutes to slap on two more honey supers each, the six I finished varnishing yesterday while Mark put foundations in the frames.  This will find six honey supers on colonies 2 & 3, while colony 1, the parent colony for next year’s […]

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Anco Impari (I’m Still Learning. Goya)

Beltane                                                                 Waning Last Frost Moon We continue sliding toward summer, a cool, moist descent, not at all like the sudden, blazing ascension we often see, usually full on in place by now, with sun screen and hats and pitchers of lemonade set out on patios.  At some point it will warm up, at least I […]

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A Garden Morning

Beltane                                   New Moon (Hungry Ghost) The potatoes have mounds around the growing plants and the hilled up earth from their trenches has leveled out.  The bush beans I planted there last week have begun to germinate and I plan to plant more bush beans tomorrow if the weather is ok. While checking fruit on our […]

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Planting Done As Planting Moon Wanes

Beltane                                              Waning Planting Moon Almost all of the seeds and transplants have gone in the ground with the exception of succession plantings of beets, lettuce and carrots.  I have butternut squash to plant and that will go in today.  After this point, the key lies in mulch, weed control, water, plant management (pinching, pruning), continuation […]

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Heirlooms. Better Eating, Better Seeds

Beltane                                    Waxing Planting Moon Got some plants in the mail.  I didn’t start anything from seed this last winter after starting way too many the season before.  Maybe this winter I’ll hit a happy medium.  These are heirloom plants, so I can save the seeds and plant them next year.  Would somebody remind me to […]

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Clarifying. Stimulating. Oh, All Right–Damn Cold.

Winter                             Waning Moon of Long Nights As Bilbo said, I have been there and back again.  Up here in the land of the midnight hobbit it remains cold, -7 now at noon.  On days when the high is below zero you know for sure you live in a cold part of the world. I can […]

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Cool House Plants

69  bar rises 29.73  0mph NNW dew-point 57  A summer night                    Last Quarter of the Flower Moon This time period, after the iris bloom and the lilacs have died back, we have annuals like petunias, begonias, geraniums and vinca plus the odd Siberian Iris and peony, not many late June perennials in our garden. We await now the […]

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A Sisyphean Task

68  bar steady 29.78 0mpn SSW dewpoint 22  Beltane                         New Moon (Hare Moon) The day has passed as we both tried to get our arms around this notion of Gabe as hemophiliac.  As a dedicated user of the internet, I have looked up and printed out several different articles, brochures, information handouts.  Canada […]

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Morning Glories in the Lead with Cucumber Right Behind

52  bar rises 30.13 0mph S dewpoint 39  Spring              Waning Gibbous Moon of Growing The moon of growing has fulfilled its role.  Daylilies have popped up everywhere.  A few magnolia buds have popped open.  I found a couple of daffodil’s with flowers still furled around the stalk, but visible now, where they were still […]

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