Spring In Full Swing…Mosquitoes & Bee Stings

Mosquito season is officially upon us. Most of the planting is done, and the rest should be finished up in a few days. As usual, I don’t trust the “weathermen” and have been watering every day. I cannot stress enough the importance of mulching around plants. Mulch keeps the moisture in and the weeds out. It’s a win-win. Having said that, some “weeds”(like- purslane, wood sorrel, lamb’s quarter, dandelion, etc.) are edible and highly nutritious, and I let a few of them grow. Others become chicken food.


Several different types of bees are buzzing around here. I have lost count of how many times I have been stung. They don’t bother me much, they’re just annoying like mosquito and fly bites. I don’t want to cut the grass because of all the clover flowers. Think I’ll let it go a few more days. Cutting grass is silly anyway, right? Use it for mulch.


The Navajo Blackberries(flowers pictured above) are so happy, ever since I built them a caged trellis and mulched them in good. Beautiful.

Well…enough of this computer stuff, I have to go add to my mosquito bite collection.


Humbled By An Old Turkey

The wild places have many lessons to teach. Some lessons we are eager to learn, some we wished we hadn’t learned, and some we don’t even realize we are learning at the time.

If you know me at all, you know I crave my time outdoors. In the spring, amidst all of the crop planting, beehive maintenance,  and fowl raising that goes on around here, there is a ritual that consumes most of my thoughts- turkey hunting. Continue reading Humbled By An Old Turkey