First Flowers in My Yard

I now have two daffodils in bloom in one of the flower beds in my yard.  I can hardly wait for the remaining daffodil plants to bloom.  More signs that winter is basically over.  The trees are continuing their push towards budding.

A very nice Daffodil

I have started moving what will be compost in probably a few months off the garden patch and to a new location by the Full Metal Shed.  I had to clear out a bunch of pots and various other things including what appears to be a section of a railroad track that were left there by previous owners.  Anyways, the new location should be better for the compost as I can stack it higher, it should be out of view of the road (important for city ordinances about nuisances), it should retain water better, and should get extra water draining off the roof of the shed when it rains.

I still have a lot of leaves to relocate before I can start planting in the garden patch, but I have plenty of time as the seeds I have started in the greenhouse have yet to sprout, but I have had a few weed seeds sprout so far that I still need to remove.  All in all, I am very excited for things to start growing and look like I am making some progress in growing things.  I have been preparing since the middle of last summer for this, learning the things I feel I need to be sucessful at gardening, such as learning to compost and moving to a house that I have land to grow on.

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Small Business and Working

For most of my life, the trend in America has been to move jobs away from our country, for companies to get larger and destroy small companies and generally try to kill small business.  Recently, I have been noticing a bit of a reversal.  It is not big enough to fix the past few decades, but small farms, workshops and the like are springing up all over the place.  I have wanted to dive in as well, but I am not brave or secure enough in myself to make the plunge…yet.

I have a few ideas on what I would do, none of them really revolutionary, but I don’t need to get huge and take over the world.  I would be content with making sure my wife and I have enough to survive, be comfortable and maybe travel a bit.  I don’t need or really even want great wealth and power over other people.

One of the major reasons I chose the property I currently live in is the 1.25 acres already have three mature, producing fruit trees, three mature, producing pecan trees, grape vines, a prepared garden plot, and a greenhouse.  Granted, the greenhouse needs work still, but I don’t mind putting in manual labor to get things fixed.  It is quite fufilling.  After spending all day sitting in front of a computer typing and thinking, it feels good to work with my hands and build something physical.

What’s With the Name

I am a beekeeper with two hives that I take care of on my property. A few days ago, while I was travelling somewhere with my wife, I don’t remember where now but probably the store, I mentioned that downtown was about three miles as the bird flies from our house. As the bees fly, it’s about twenty

When I needed a name for a blog, I remember that I have tried registering another blog, but ran into issues with other people having taken good names and then dumping the blog, which was very annoying. I happened to remember the conversation I had with my wife about the bees, so I tried the phrase. It wasn’t taken so I used it.

The End of Winter Already?

It appears to be the end of winter.  Since February 15th, nine days ago, there have been two nights with temperatures below freezing.  My bees have been out and about every day this week and most of last week, looking for and finding pollen.  There are some small, purple wildflowers starting to bloom already. All the trees that I care about in my yard are already putting out new growth.

I am trying to start a garden this year.  I moved into a new house with enough land that if I really wanted and had the skill to, I could grown all the vegetables that I and my wife need to survive.  I highly doubt that I will get anywhere near there this year or even next year, but that is the direction I want to head.  Already, I have obtained seeds for some plants and managed to get a tray of tomato seeds started yesterday in my greenhouse.  I hope that they sprout soon.  I can hardly wait for things to start growing and getting whatever bounty I can.