Three Shetland rams have been added to our collection of snouts, beaks and stingers. They are working with us until the early spring, at which point their owners will move them to greener pastures. The boys are curious little buggers and snuck into the Yolkswagon when the door was left open. The chickens were not amused and… Continue reading Sheepish Grin
During a break from harvesting blackberries today, I plunked myself down in a row of sunflowers for a quick change of scenery. What luck to witness a flower spider (Misumena vatia) in action and have enough time to reach for the camera. I suspect one of my own honey bees was the victim. These crazy little spiders are also… Continue reading Freaky Friday
The young gardening apprentice and I managed a blissful escape for several days to a refuge without roads, cars, irrigation lines or shovels. We paddled the Main Lake chain on Quadra Island to refresh ourselves and take a well deserved break from the daily grind of farm start-up (as fascinating as it can be). We appreciate the opportunities to… Continue reading The Great Escape
The chicks which 'Margaret Hatcher' reared for us earlier this summer have now grown up, left the nest and moved into their very own 'Yolkswagon' - Type II chicken tractor. This mobile chicken coop has been slightly modified and improved from our original Yolkswagon which was based on a kit design. The new young flock consists of… Continue reading Yolkswagon Type II
Our Styrian pumpkin test patch is presently a massive tangle of vines, leaves and immature pumpkins. The skins are just starting to develop pale yellow stripes, which will turn to a lovely deep orange hue over the next month. Despite the recent heat wave we've only had to irrigate the patch twice this season. The alpaca fibre… Continue reading Pumpkin Progress
Thanks G.W. for the beautiful antique bottle! Our honey has all been bottled now and we're grinning from ear to ear with honey love.
We're currently re-evaluating the silvopasture component of our agroforestry project. Originally we though we'd bring back Dorper/St. Croix sheep since we enjoyed them so much last year and they did a great job grazing the pasture. Now I'm finding myself researching a breed of pig that originates from Austria/Hungary that is a real workhorse and makes me… Continue reading Wooly Wonders
“We ate our honey! We ate a lot! Now we have no honey in our honey pot!” from 'The Big Honey Hunt' - Berenstain Bears children's book Yesterday marked the day of the honey bee at the weed patch with six family members in attendance involved in either extracting, bottling or taste-testing the 17 kg honey crop… Continue reading From the Hive