Tiny farm tales...
I have 48 quail eggs in the incubator, on day 7 now. They have about 10-12 days to go. That’s left me with four dozen eggs for eating. That’s a thought process that I mostly leave alone. I also have four or five old birds that I can tell will drop off the perch soon. I lost one on the weekend. Nature says the old must pass so the new can come on. People aren’t any different, except the span of years Is greater.
I split a native bee hive today. I’ll rotate the new and old for a couple of weeks and then will do a complete hive rescue on the old one. That box is completely rotted out. That’ll be a test of my skill level.
Wisdom says that I’m a fool for splitting so early. My experience tells me to do it now. It’s early for the bees but also early for their predators. I’m banking on the fact that the girls will safely seal the hives before it gets hot enough for the pests to arrive. Swapping the hives around, rotating them, will balance out the bee numbers and give me two moderately strong hives instead of one weak one and one strong one. I understand that I “can’t do that” but it works really well.
In other news, the sun has climbed in the sky now. My north side, winter garden is just going to seed in the heat and bright sun. It’ll be slim pickings for greens from there for a few months. I’m collecting seed and am about to start to replant the south side – my summer garden for greens. The north side will move to a corn crop and the like.
Don’t get me wrong. We’re doing pretty well with crops even now. I’ve canned Kumquat marmalade and some tomato sauce. I’m about to start on sweet chilli sauce too. There’s a lot of passionfruit that I would love to convince My Rozie to let me turn into passion-butter. Oh, I have Kimchi fermenting as well because we did well with cabbage.
M final point is about getting too cocky. I made a rookie error tonight with my still. I’ve ended up with a half batch but lost a week in fermenting. No matter how smart you think have become, it’s the little things that will trip you up and remind you what a fool you really are.
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