Monday, May 10, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Been doing the Texas Rain Dance all day today.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
|Blue=existing entrances. Red=new ones.|
|Awwwwwww. Cute little nuc box.|
So now I have a 44" top bar hive, a 30" top bar hive, and a 14" 8-bar nuc box. Ain't it kayewt?! I've always wanted a cute little top bar nuc box. Only thing left to do is fashion a top. Not sure what I want to do for one yet, so that'll wait for another day.
|Feeder w/follower & divider boards either side.|
Spot of melted wax, too - hot out already. UGH.
I'll keep the follower boards that bees can get around so I can feed them in the empty cavity part of the top bar. But now I have options, man. Options are nice. And are all easily stored at one end 'til you need them. You can always make one divider board, then drill a couple holes in it and add a swing-cover of sorts - then you'll have both in one board. I'll probably do that next time I build one from scratch instead of redo an existing one.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
OMG! Y'ALL! You NEED to grow these! Seriously! They go by many names: Cucamelon, Mexican Sour Gherkin, Pepquinos, and my favorite Mouse Melons, but their botanical name is Melothria scabra, so as long as you get those, you're golden.
They're so cute that that alone is reason enough to grow them.
But wait! There's more! They're tasty, too! Tart like pre-dilled cucumbers. Tangy and crispy and yummy. Bite sized even, right off the vine no slicing or dicing needed. I think they'll be great in a salad. Wonder if they'll last long enough for my mesclun that's just sprouting to join them. I'm going to leave a few in the fridge to see if they do, then make some 'frigerator pickles out of a some, then can the rest for later.
Last week's frost nipped the vines enough that I could see through them, and lo and behold, there was a shit load of the little buggers on there! Five little plants that covered a 3' wide by 4' tall trellis made a half gallon or so fruit. Interestingly, they also sent out a couple or three vines across the ground, shooting out singly in different directions. One was about eight or ten feet out, headed to the squash bed, and made little melons even right on the ground!
I'm impressed with them since it was so hot and dry this year, plus they were in a shadier spot. Next year they'll get much better accommodations.
Now I'm off to make pickles as the cold front rolls in. Ahh, bliss...