Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Garden

Our late planting of corn and winter squash actually may produce a harvest.  I had originally planted squash and pumpkins on the lower, wetter end of the garden, but most of the seed rotted in the wet, cold soil, so we replanted higher up.

Our honey crop looks promising.  The top two supers on each hive contain the honey that we will harvest.

It's always fun to watch a river of bees coming and going to hive on a hot day.

The nectar patrol.

The big bees with the big eyes are drones.  The drones do no work and have no stingers.  Their function is to mate with a queen and die.  Drones buzz much louder than the workers so you can identify them in flight and snatch them out of the air with your bare hand.  That always impresses people who are terrified of stinging insects.

Tomatoes and peppers inside the greenhouse. 

The bare ground in the foreground has just been planted with chard, kale and spinach.  Once the tomatoes in the greenhouse succumb to the cold later in the fall, we will move the greenhouse over this bed.  The greens are cold hardy, and can be harvested well into December.

Pumpkins, squash, beens, corn, beets and carrots.  Not shown are the rows of potatoes, strawberries and sweet onion. 

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