Friday, June 30, 2017

Blueberry Pest Control

The blueberries are hanging with the weight of unripened blueberries.  This happens almost every year.... and just as they get ripe.... the Japanese beetles come in and destroy the plants and especially the fruit!  

This year I'm fighting back.  

First I cleaned up all around the blueberry bushes.  

Grass clippings are your friend to help control weed growth.

And look what I found while I was tidying up the area!  

Egg identification listed the eggs as either house or song sparrows.  I carefully replaced everything exactly as I found it and am crossing my fingers that mom and dad sparrow come back to raise their family. 

 After cleaning around the bushes and mulching with grass clippings, I covered the berries with the lightest row cover fabric I could find.  

I don't think the Japanese beetles will get through that!

I hope to get a decent blueberry crop this year!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Where In The World Have I Been?


Last year, my Christmas present from my dear family was a plane ticket to Paris.  So off I went for a week of divine experiences!

Here are some photos from my trip.... (mostly food - because who doesn't love to see how other countries present, sell, and serve different foods?  And some art and a few other interesting things).

Bon appetit!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Help Save Bees

Add lemon balm to this list.  It's crazy easy to grow and all the different varieties of bees go wild for it!