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Good Growing Weather

Posted on by Tim Livingstone

The heat and the rain have given everything a chance to really grow well.  Onions are about a week away from harvest and the squash, melons, tomatoes, and other summer crops are growing really quickly.  Weeds are growing quickly too, but for the most part we are able to stay ahead of them.

 

 

 

I think all the rain earlier in the season really helped the raspberry crop develop.  I've never seen such a bountiful crop.  Had to bring in extra crew to get them all picked.

 

The honey bees have been very busy bringing in pollen and the nectar needed to make honey.  You can see the bright yellow/orange bundles of pollen on their legs as they fly into the hive.  Bees perform a vital function on the farm pollinating many of the crops including tomatoes, melons, squash, raspberries, blueberries, and more.

 

 

We are hoping to have honey comb available this fall but we have to make sure the bees have plenty for themselves to get through the winter.  You can see that one of the hives is getting quite tall.  They seem to be enjoying the good diversity of pasture grasses and flowers, forest and garden flowers.  We have also planted some special annual white clover which will start flowering soon - a real treat for the bees during August and September.   Few people realize how much we rely on these little creatures and how many of died in Canada and the USA in recent years.  It is great to see them happy and doing well.

 

 


1 Response to Good Growing Weather

  1. Wanda Black replied on :

    I am so pleased to see happy little bees buzzing on pesticide free land as I eat my raspberry rhubarb crisp. Yummy

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