The success was hinging upon an actual crawl off, up the ramp and down into the bucket. Well it has happened 3 different times now and I haven’t seen any yet come out the drip hole at the bottom


And the chickens are satisfied with the results too




Around the orchard

Here are a few current pics.

The passion fruit will be 8 weeks in the middle of July. Not sure why the one is shrinking and wrinkled.



The Anna apple


And two Dorsett Golden apples



The pineapple doesn’t have a fruit stalk yet but a sucker is coming out from the base



This creepy spider was on the Barbados Cherry bush and some very tiny flower buds are starting to form



And finally a Valencia orange, which seems way behind where it should be for this time of year.


So I finally put this out a week or two ago and looked yesterday to see larvae crawling around. It is full of coffee grounds from Starbucks and then things like cucumber peels, home coffee grounds, chicken fat and other misc kitchen scraps and topped off with a layer of cut grass. The flies seem to like laying in bins with just layers of grass over any cardboard laying spot I give them on the underside of a roof. A Tupperware lid from Goodwill (the bottom half is being used as a watering hole for bees) that is nearly perfect size keeps excess rain out. Here are some photos.




And collecting the leaching liquid


I had just dumped a cup or two of rain water that had collected on top of the lid.

I’ll have to see how the crawl off ramp works before I declare total success

The banana (dwarf nam wah) is growing quite nicely, as the heat is here and it continues to get water a couple of times a week. The height is just under 6 feet and the size of that biggest leaf in the upper left side of the following picture is 4 feet.


There are several pups and one already taken off a few weeks ago. The plant was put into dirt around the first of October 2012.




Last spring I tried in a container with a mix of peat, perlite and composted manure and was able to get them to grow to about 3 feet tall but the biggest cucumber I got was maybe 3 inches. This year, I planted them in a mound of local topsoil I purchased and they had overhead sprinklers on them. This time around they maxed out 6-12 inches and not a single fruit. They had a flower or two show up but then petered out and died. Not sure what is going on. Seems some people grow them in Florida like 31 produce is growing them and others can’t get them to grow at all like me. The watermelon are in the same mound and same overhead sprinkler and they’ve gotten to about 18 inches now and may show flowers soon.

So I noticed today the fruit had fallen off the vine. I didn’t think it was actually ready as the color was still mostly green with barely any purple to it. Cut it open and it surely smelled like the ones from last year from the mother plant. Tasted very nicely IMO if not a bit tart.

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.