Hello, Pack. This week we actually had multiple days where it only rained briefly. The ground is still too soft to work in the garden and bale hay, but signs of improvement are at least on the horizon… maybe.
Our dwarf banana plants and elderberry trees are coming along beautifully. The tomato plants are struggling a little bit, but growing as well. This is just going to be an awful gardening year. Corn and soybeans are big crops in our state, and only a very small portion of them have been planted.
The prices of food and hay – and the quantities available, are going to be problematic in the coming months. I am also concerned about the bees. Recently released reports about the colony collapse statistics over this past winter show that once again the population numbers have dwindled to a new low.
I hope that all of the millions of dollars Bayer is losing via a growing myriad of lawsuits attempting to defend Monsanto’s Roundup Ready will spark laws limiting or preventing its use as it has in other countries. Then, the bees might have a fighting chance.
Some milkweed bushes appeared out of nowhere in our upper pasture this year. Because both the butterflies and honeybees flock to them, my Bobby nicely agreed to cut around them to preserve them for out little visitors.
Bees pollinate at least 70 percent of the food we eat. If they all die, the human race is not far behind. Why are so few people concerned about this? Most of the same folks who have never heard of the blight of the honeybees or dismiss it are likely the ones who don’t grasp the wisdom in keeping their cupboards full of shelf stable food in the first place.
Our wild black raspberries seem to have survived this weird weather well but I am not sure about all of our honeysuckle bushes. The daisies are growing in great abundance. My flower-obsessed granddaughter Audriella was very interested in helping learn how to preserve them as wild edibles, for medicinal purposes, and art projects:
Colt and Ariyah aren’t as into all of the flower love, but they do absolutely love going on hikes and were willing to help in the picking of the daisies.
During out forest school outings with the grandkiddos we were delighted to discover we have not only shagbark hickory trees but shellbark – the king of the nut trees, as well.
Last year there was no way we could harvest all of the hickory nuts, acorns, beachnuts, and walnuts on our survival homestead, I am hoping for the same robust yield.
This week’s questions:
- How did you help foster a greater degree of self-reliance or prepping in friends, neighbors, or family this week?
- Do you think food prices will go sky high, there could be a shortage, or both?
- Are you concerned about the more than a decade of colony collapse disorder plaguing honeybees?
- What did you do to prep this week?