Last month I split out my hives and used on-the-spot queen rearing to raise new queens for three young colonies (read about this process in Part I and Part II). It takes about 23–30 days for a queen to grow from an egg (3 days) to larva (5 1/2 days) to pupa in capped brood … More Bee Report — Update on Splits
One of the biggest costs of keeping chickens is the feed. Most people buy bags of the stuff at feed stores. These 50-lb bags come in a variety of forms, usually pellets or crumbles. In my experience, the crumbles make a big mess as the chickens hunt for larger chunks to eat, spilling the smaller … More Small-Scale Silage for Chickens
Just in time for all your summer projects, we’re opening the tool library this-coming Saturday. The Low Tech Tool Library works just like a book library, but instead of Poe and Austen, we have hammers and saws. This Saturday morning, we’ll officially open the library with some light refreshments and an open house from 9 … More Tool Library Grand Opening — Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.–noon
ddd Recent 90°F temperatures are unseasonable for us in June, but the warm-weather crops are loving the extra heat: tomatoes, corn, beans, and others have taken off. Unfortunately the weeds have also used the abundant sunlight to take over any unmulched space. Even the managed spaces are difficult to manage, but the goals here are … More Last Two Weeks at the Institute — Jun. 3–16, 2018
Are you interested in learning basic carpentry skills for putting to use in your home or garden? Have you been uncertain about using hammers, saws, drills, or power tools? Do you have little to no experience with these things but want to learn? … More Upcoming Workshop — Basic Carpentry, Aldo Leopold Benches, Jun. 23, 1–5 p.m., $45-50
I’m running behind on my one-hour-a-day gardening, the project in which I try to quantify my time spent growing a majority of our food. I had the opportunity to visit Portland, OR. An amazing city in terms of bike lanes and sustainability within our current system. More on that soon. Otherwise, I was busy in … More Last Weeks in One-Hour Gardening
The institute is closed for a few days, but we’ll be back Monday with fresh posts and news.
It feels like summer, with high 80°F temperatures over the last two weeks. This has caused some cool-weather crops to bolt and profuse sweat to be a daily battle. The potato research project is all planted out, ending the busiest period of that project for the institute staff. Otherwise, we’re working to put down garden … More Last Two Weeks at the Institute — May 20–Jun. 2, 2018