Over the last few days, I noticed some mysterious plants in a place they weren’t supposed to be. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for plant sovereignty. Someone is going to chime in and shake a finger about the value of growing where you’re planted, etc., but I am still pretty sure that these three squash sprouts’ days were numbered as soon as they … Continue reading Attempted Rescue of Stragglers! (aka, High Hopes, Low Expectations)
Hi there, let’s talk about ladybugs for just a minute. (I know, some say ladybird, but Lady Bird around Central Texas means the former first lady of the United States, Lady Bird Johnson, so ladybug it shall remain) Hang on tight, it’s going to get sciencey for a bit. The scientific name for ladybugs is coccinellidae, which rhymes with…every other Latin name, which usually rhyme with … Continue reading Is that a Ladybug…yet?
Last March, I brought home a bucket of wild onions and garlic plants from a seed swap. The person I got them from said they were from the banks of a local creek appropriately named Onion Creek in their honor. No one around here is really sure if they are wild natives or if they came here with a homesteader years ago and have made … Continue reading Garlic Scapes and Layers
It’s that time of year again, the time of year when every gardener feels the thrill of shopping for seeds. Okay, that statement is true, but the whole truth is that most gardeners are ready to feel the thrill of flipping through a seed catalog 365 days a year. What makes the time of year between deep winter and the beginning of spring special is … Continue reading Seeds, Seeds, Seeds!!!
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So I found a skeleton in my closet yesterday. Well, not really a skeleton in that they weren’t dead, but it seems that I ‘misplaced’ a paper sack of potatoes that I planned to use for seed this spring in a dusty corner. Now, looking at the facts here, it’s the middle of March, not long after a new moon. I could very easily claim … Continue reading Optimism and Forgotten Potatoes
If you need a primer on what black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) are, peruse the background write up I posted a few weeks back and then join us below. As I mentioned before, black soldier flies, particularly in their larval state, are tireless, delightful eating machines specializing in the avid consumption things that most people find revolting. Yes, they are nightmare fuel, but ridiculously useful … Continue reading Black Soldier Fly Larva BioDigestor! (BSFL pt 2)
I recently went to help a friend install some more growing beds for perennial and annual vegetable production. One of the most exciting things that we got into the ground once we had the new beds shaped and amended with compost was asparagus crowns. Asparagus is a perennial, meaning that once its root system is established in the soil, it will continue to produce year … Continue reading How to Plant Asparagus Crowns
So, let’s talk about what’s going on right here! What is this all about, exactly? It’s about black soldier flies, and their larvae (BSFL) specifically. They are bugs, insects. Not only are they insects, they have super powers! Among their many amazing abilities, like tolerance to freezing temperatures and ability to withstand foul odors, I am most enamored with and convenienced by their ability to … Continue reading Black Soldier Fly Larvae: Perfect Eating Machines! Some Background…
Getting a new batch of mycelium growing on any new medium is a lot like flipping over an hourglass or putting a kettle on the stove to boil. Based on the conditions, they have a schedule of their own that you will have to follow. (If this is just word salad to you, but you’re curious, get started here) I’m working with mycelium from pink … Continue reading Let the Mycelium Run!… But Keep Up!