Fragile, but determined

Our turkey hens, usually excellent mothers, had to deal with a move in the middle of nesting season. As a result, they were forced to leave nests half full of their clutch–usually around 10 eggs for these hens–and start fresh in an unfamiliar coop. As a result they frequently changed nests, laying their eggs randomlyContinue reading “Fragile, but determined”

A rare bee siting

While enjoying the blooms of a buddleia I noticed this lovely bee on one of the flower clusters. The bright green of the bee and soft lavender of the flowers were a beautiful compliment to each other. And for once nature cooperated, the green bee sitting still while I fished out my phone to getContinue reading “A rare bee siting”

Coming soon to a U-Pick near you

First crop year for these blueberry bushes, and for this blueberry farmer! It shouldn’t be much longer before there’s berries to be picked. It’ll be a no frills adventure this season. We do have a Port-o-Let but any other amenities, like pavilions and picnic tables, are for next season. To compensate we’ll be selling blueberriesContinue reading “Coming soon to a U-Pick near you”

Slender Ladie’s Tresses

Every day there’s a new discovery at Big Branch Apiary. Today it was a delicate, white flower found while planting Redbud saplings. This is Spiranthes lacera, also called Slender Ladie’s Tresses. There were quite a few of them dappling the forrest floor. Other abundant wildflowers now blooming are Widow’s Tears, Blue Eyed Grass, and Jack-in-the-pulpitContinue reading “Slender Ladie’s Tresses”

How to slide through a war-zone roadblock

I remember a story about how a woman imprisoned in Auschwitz was thankful for the infestation of fleas. The infestation was so bad that it kept the guards out of the barracks and as such, made the women’s lives easier. Check out this story from the Guradian’s Bethan McKernan about beekeepers in Yemen. Not onlyContinue reading “How to slide through a war-zone roadblock”

Big Daddy goes to Big Branch

The flock is slowly migrating from River Ridge to Big Branch. This week Big Daddy, by far the biggest rooster in the flock, got moved along with his hens. Big Daddy is a Pearl Orpington. Orpingtons tend to be docile which is why he’s a lover, not a fighter. He was happy to find himselfContinue reading “Big Daddy goes to Big Branch”

Thanksgiving reprieve

These young toms are always eager to parade. Luck was on the side of these Royal Palm turkeys. They may have been destined for Thanksgiving dinner, but then they found a home on Jacob King’s Donaldsonville farm. Jacob has a menagerie that includes goats, sheep, some pigs, chickens and even a pair of peacocks. HeContinue reading “Thanksgiving reprieve”

Why the carrot is (usually) orange

I recently sowed a row of carrots and had only Cosmic Purple–a dark and richly purple-black root, come up from the seeds. Cosmic Purple is so dark it stains fingers for a day after being handled. it is a sweet, crisp, mid length carrot with a lovely top that also carries a purple tinge nearContinue reading “Why the carrot is (usually) orange”