Sunday, August 19, 2018

Catching Up

Barrel Cactus Fruit
There has been quite some time between the last post and today.  We have been busy; we now have two growing zones to deal with and are looking for ideal plants for high desert and low desert.  This results in a kind of schizophrenic appearance of the blogging and future reorganization, change of priorities.

PRIORITIES:  


Entry level, easy to get plants that can grow in zone 6b and 9b.  We'll be keeping them and growing them out in the low desert as the high desert location gets developed and ready to receive.  

DEATHS:


Wax Moth Clean Up
We lost almost every single tropical plant over the last winter when suffering from the flu.  Really, they are too high maintenance and will not be revisited/repurchased/replanted.  The pages will be deleted as changes in layout are made.

Our bee hive declined and left after getting wax moths.  We can't really say it was bad timing, as we are currently trying to develop the yarden hardscape and planting areas that were occupied by a fairly hot tempered hive.  Since the hive has been lived in before, and we have no pesticides in our yarden (5 years later and best results yet!!!) we feel pretty certain we will eventually attract some new bees to the hive some time.  When we really, REALLY want bees again, and still have none, we will do free bee removal.  Local bees are best, and the hives get naturally re-queened each season.  Contrary to many popular beliefs, we prefer to let nature take its course in the hives.


Fig and Citrus Planted Pre-Espalier and Sweet Potato Vines

REFORMATTING:


Many of the bonsai plants are going to be espaliered in the low desert and then cuttings used for bonsai and moving to the high desert when time and infrastructure permits. There has been a lot learned from mistakes in gardening here, some subtle references made glaringly important for managing specific types of plants.  I guess that is how learning curves work.

TIME SUCKS:


Social Media is an unbelievable time suck.  I had ditched it for quite some time, then family got me to sign back up and I got stuck.  It is like the La Brea Tar Pits of the internet.  Many groups found for homesteading, permaculture, and gardening. Great for learning anecdotal information from people who are pioneering what we are embarking on, but we have to get back in focus and spend less time in Social Media.