I haven't been around much. Part of that is due to being so busy at work but another big part is that it is just exhausting in the garden at the moment so not really doing anything much. Case in point, I have been meaning to do a honey harvest, chilli jam making and preserving mini capsicums for weeks now. This morning, being a little bit cooler I was so determined to finish something that I got up and did the bees and the chilli jam.
Two combs harvested, broken up, squished and filtered to produce 2.5 kg of honey. I bought the filter from Quality Beekeeping Supplies at summner park and my god, it has been one of my best buys. It used to take me all day to filter one comb, it now takes about 1 hr as I can nearly fit the whole two combs in and no more double filtering, it does both in one go. I put it in the car in winter to keep the honey flowing well. I'm also getting better at this. One dead bee and minimal mess (I left the bee and mess for you to see.
So, as I'm writing this, my fingers are burning!! I did 7 jars of chilli jam and processed a HUGE amount of chilli's. My little chilli bush is giving me about 20-30 chilli's once a week and I collected for a couple of weeks. I swear I processed over 100 chillis today.
Well, my strawberry runners are doing well. I'm planning to separate them out and replant as soon as it cools down. Mid-march I'm hoping.
Apples were not that successful this year. Not the tree's fault - entirely mine. I did not a) prune it to size last winter so had to prune off all the ends where most of flowers/fruit were so I could net it b) delayed getting the net on until later so had to strip quite a few damaged fruit off. Oh well, there's always next year.Have been getting a couple of wonderful rockmelons off one plant - the other plants are getting riddled with fruit fly and have so far produced only 1 watermelon. Have saved the seeds and definitely planting more next year - these are very sweet.
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