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So a week ago I planted some sweet corn and beans in the middle of the potato patch. Think 5 corn and 7 beans sprouted so far a week later.

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The newest addition to our orchard are these two trees. We’ve supposedly had a Catalina before from the flea market stall. It was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. Was super excited when I saw this tree at Home Depot. I like the looks of the tree so far and it has the cluster of flowers in right now. Don’t know anything about Monroe but have read they’re a good match together.

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We have chicks

With the death of our 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, we decided more chickens were in order.  We got these 6 “reds” from the local Tractor Supply, though, who knows where they got them.  We wanted to deal locally, but the one farm selling Rhode Island Reds only sold straight run and I choose not to go back to the original guy we bought from, “chicken man stu”, as he rubbed me the wrong way when we picked up our first 6 girls.  There just aren’t a lot of choices for anything these days.  Sucks.

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We actually got them 1 week and a half ago and believe that today or tomorrow they are probably 3 weeks old.

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So today was the day it felt soft enough and when it was given a slight twist, it separated from the branch. The flesh literally melts in your mouth and the juice was a sweet nectar. The tree was purchased January 29 and it was already a fruit at that point. The Tropic Snow is supposed to have a maturation period of 90-97 days. We don’t know when it flowered exactly, but it doesn’t seem like it would have quite made 90 days. Here are the photos.

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So, the first of only 2 peaches I left go to full maturity in this young tree was swiped by an unknown thief. This time around, this fruit is too perfect to let a critter get. I had these paint strainers from my hydroponics days and, more recently, they filtered our homemade yogurt. They will now protect this magnificent looking and smelling peach.

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Our chickens also discovered they love the taste of banana leaves. They destroyed one entire plant that was lower to he ground and now that this bigger one is putting out pups, they needed some protection too or they would suffer the same fate. It is just window screen stapled to scrap wood for posts.

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I finally have the nuc trap setup in a tree, about 8 feet off the ground. It is setting on a T-shaped, bamboo platform and seems fairly stable and nearly level. It is baited with lemongrass oil with the two entrance holes facing East. Fingers crossed I catch a swarm. I already saw a bee investigating.

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