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Archive for March, 2013

I finally had two flowers open at the same time and was able to take pollen from one and brush it onto the female parts of the other. It would appear this vine requires pollination to occur between different flowers, though I’m not sure why the second flower didn’t take. At least we have 1 fruit so far and I am watching a couple of small flowers develop that should open up at the same time in the near future. Hopefully I can get both fruit to set. Here’s our first fruit, currently egg sized.

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I successfully pollenized a passion fruit flower when two were blooming simultaneously and we now have one fruit developing.

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The Valencia orange is coming into bloom

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Our Satsuma tangerine aka Tangy is developing buds

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And finally the potato patch is doing nicely

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Oh, also, the cucumbers have a few male flowers developing. No pic

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Well the cheap plastic railing brackets I was using to hold the legs on cracked already, currently with no bees and no load. I bought metal joist hanging brackets to replace.

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R. I. P. Big Blue.

Sad news on the chicken front. A neighborhood dog came into our yard and killed another of our chickens. We think he probably killed Lil’ Blue as well but have no proof of that. Plenty of proof from this kill, though. Sad, sad business this chicken raising.

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R.I.P. Lil’ Blue

So, we went out of town for the day and got back just after dark to find only 5 girls in the roost. Found out  she was alone in the neighbor’s yard and in the woods between the houses. We don’t know what happened to her but 3 days missing we have to accept she is not coming back. Unfortunately, we don’t know what happened as we have combed the woods and surrounding areas and haven’t found any evidence of life or death.  Sigh. Life goes on for us and the other 5, still my heart is heavy.

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Yay!  It is out and baited with Lemongrass oil.  The ants can be a real issue here since they never go away. The buckets have a hole cut into them to allow rain water to flow out and always remain at a constant height below the island. I just have to make sure they are topped off in our dry winters and hopefully the moat keeps the ants at bay.

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The bottom door for letting debris fall out (if the bees don’t wax them shut) is secured with a pin through the leg.

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