Thursday, October 29, 2015

Husbandry: Beekeeping In The City

Banned in the city limits of Los Angeles since 1879, beekeeping is returning to the nation's second largest city after the Los Angeles City Council voted this month to repeal the old law. New York City made beekeeping legal within its jurisdiction in 2010.

While legalization of urban beekeeping may be trending positively, Homegrown Honey Bees author Alethea Morrison cautions beginning beekeepers to check with local authorities before setting up a hive. "Many municipalities regulate beekeeping or prohibit it outright. Find out what the rules are where you live, ideally from your local bee association."

Talk to your neighbors before setting up a hive, Morrison suggests. She blames much of the public's fear of bees on yellowjackets, or wasps, which have similar coloring and are considerably more aggressive. Educating them on the differences can help make urban beekeeping less frightening.

An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping
by Alethea Morrison
Storey Publishing, 2013
Artwork: Yellowjacket Eating a Bee
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Home Grown: Big Trees Felled By Tiny Fungi.

Urban trees tend to have shortened lives, some living no more than 50 to 80 years. Urban forests in many metro areas have started to mature and decline, and are very susceptible to trunk-rotting and buttress root-rotting organisms.

Wood-rotting organisms can slowly nibble away at trunks and buttress roots. Trees often regenerate new, nonstructurally supportive feeder roots that mask the signs of structural root loss. Many trees that topple look perfectly healthy before they fall. Afterward, it becomes clear that there were absolutely no structural roots remaining for support.

The best time to scout for symptoms of a fungal infection is just after a long period of cool, wet weather.

Continued in... Big Trees Felled By Tiny Fungi

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Artwork: Tree Roots, 1890, by Vincent Van Gogh


Monday, October 19, 2015

Here's How To... Make a Gingerbread House.


Decide on the type of house you will build: thatched-roof cottage, cabin, holiday theme, etc. Purchase decorative materials to give the house to life and interest. See suggested list below.

One week in advance: Make dough and chill. Bake walls and let dry thoroughly for at least three days.

Three days in advance: Construct base of house. Let dry.

Two days in advance: Decorate and attach roof. Let dry.

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Artwork: Gingerbread House Mold


Farm-Raised Venison from Moundridge, Kansas

Now available with Venison in Meats:
Farm-Raised Venison from Moundridge, Kansas

USDA inspected farm-raised venison available direct from the farm in Moundridge, Kansas.

At 2.4 grams of fat and 120 calories per 100 grams of meat, venison is probably the healthiest choice of all the red meats.

This venison comes from one of the few Fallow Deer farms in the United States. "You will find our Fallow Deer and Rocky Mountain Elk to be of superior quality and our venison products are pure, natural and the healthy choice," says owner Lyn Kaufman.

Fresh and snack venison is available as burger, sausage, medallions, chops and roasts.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Home Grown: The Benefits of Earthworms

> Rainfall is better able to enter the soil when lots of earthworms are burrowing. This eliminates the water erosion and puddling which can kill young plants.

> In the case of Lumbricus Terrestris and about 50 other species of earthworms which have similar habits, the digging of deep semi-permanent burrows brings mineral rich sub-soils to the surface in reach of plant roots.

> A large population of worms will attract Robins among other species of birds. While Robins will prey on the worms in the early months when worms are near the surface, the birds will turn to feeding on insect pests later in the season.

Continued in... The Benefits of Earthworms

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Artwork: Earthworms


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Home Grown: Rabbit Resistant Flowers

Rabbits can cause a great deal of damage to plants. Though fencing is an effective control, it may be too unattractive for some uses.

In cases where fencing isn't wanted, using plants that are unattractive to rabbits can be helpful. Just remember, these plants are resistant; not immune to attack.

Young plants or those that are succulent due to over fertilization are more likely to be damaged. The unavailability of other food sources can result in rabbits feeding on plants that are normally rejected.

Continued in... Rabbit Resistant Flowers

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Artwork: European Rabbit


Cedar Fence Posts from Humble, Texas

Now available in Farm Supply:
Cedar Fence Posts available direct from Discount Cedar in Humble, Texas.

These are Number One Grade Mountain Cedar Posts - straight, strong, dense heartwood, long lasting - shipped from the Ozark Mountains in Missouri.

Unlike Texas cedar, Ozark Mountain cedar does not rot and is very dense. The heartwood, or red center of the post comprises 80% of these fence posts, making the wood very strong. The white outer layer of the post, sapwood, is more common in Texas cedar species and will rot in a few years. Also, Missouri cedar grows tall and straight, making these fence posts almost as uniform as milled lumber.

Small quantities can be picked up at the cedar yard in Humble, Texas. Truckload order are shipped directly from a cedar mill in Missouri to any location in the United States.

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