Saturday, May 7, 2011

Being Productive

We had some productive work around here this week. Adam treated his bee hives for hive beetles. He hasn't seen many, but he doesn't want to take any chances. Here's what he did: he cut up an old yard sign, the kind that have a core of long, narrow "tunnels" inside. He holds a stack of them here. He put borax powder into each tunnel, and sealed each one on both ends, with vegetable shortening. Hive beetles love shortening, but the borax will kill them. The bees are too large to fit into the tunnels, but the beetles will eat through the the shortening, to their deaths!
He placed two beetle traps in each hive.
We have a fig bush/tree in the yard. It was a full-sized tree that fell over. New shoots sprung up from the stump. It gets taller and fuller each year, but no fruit. I think that's because we have only one bush, and need two. The leaves are beautiful.
Philip and I burned a huge, huge pile of brush and clippings in our fire pit. Lots of rather green stuff, so it was often smokey. We trimmed the Lady Banks rose bush way back; she was intrusive into the thoroughfare.
Adam spent days this week working on the Jaguar, trying to get it to pass inspection. The deadline was Friday, or the temporary registration would expire - argh!! He just made it! One small repair after another kept popping up. On Friday, it was inspected and tagged :) Smokey picture from the fire pit.
If I don't post again before tomorrow, have a Happy Mother's Day, all you mommies out there!

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