I have been sick for the better part of this week. One of those thrilling late-winter colds that sticks in your chest and clogs your ears. I could feel it creeping up on me on Monday of this week; I attempted to psych myself out of getting sick. It did not work.
Tuesday came with a wet cough and the annoyance of mouth-breathing. Wednesday was more of the same.
Tuesday and Thursday, of the current semester, I have an economics class. Because of being sick, I missed Tuesday and was considering missing Thursday, as well.
I did manage to drag myself into class; a hot cup of Earl Grey in hand, and I made it through the 75 minute lecture.
In the horticulture-apiculture arena, things are progressing according to plans (if you did not just read that with a James-Bond-villain-voice, please go back, and reread it with one, thanks). For Melissa’s birthday, I picked her up Adobe Creative Suite 4 – Design Premium. Using Illustrator, she put together our honey jar labels. The label to the right is the proof we received back from the printers. Being married to Melissa, I guess I am somewhat partial to her work, but setting that partiality aside, she did a damn fine job. A larger version can be found here. And before you say, “apiaries” – plural? It is future thinking. We will only have one collection of hives at one location this year, but hope to expand next year if all goes well.
A colleague/friend/co-worker and myself put in an order with Fedco Seeds of Waterville, ME. They are a seed coop and specialize in open pollenated seeds, non-GMO, as well as heirloom seeds. Here is a list of what we bought:
- Royal Burgundy Bush Bean OG
- Golden Rocky Bush Wax Bean OG
- Blue Coco Pole Bean OG
- Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea
- Cascadia Snap Pea
- Cream of Saskatchewan Watermelon
- Marketmore 76 Slicing Cucumber OG
- Super Zagross Middle Eastern Slicing Cucumber
- Spaghetti Winter Squash
- Sweet Meat Winter Squash
- Tonda di Parigi Carrot
- Shin Kuroda 5” Carrot
- Danvers Carrot OG
- Detroit Dark Red Short Top Beet
- Cherry Belle Radish
- Hailstone Radish
- Gold Ball Turnip
- King Richard Leek OG
- Forellenschluss Lettuce OG
- Bright Lights Chard
- Ruby Streaks OG
- Red Russian Kale OG
- Rainbow Lacinato Kale OG
- Black Prince Tomato OG
- Elephant Head Amaranth OG
- Chinese Lantern
- Panorama Red Shades Bee Balm
- Blue Flax
Prior to being made useless by this late-winter cold, I also planted stevia in a pot; it is on a window sill in the kitchen. In an unrelated stroke of genius, I noticed that on the underside of the paper cups used for coffee at the University, the cups are “compostable” – this made me think they would be really nice seed starters. Yesterday, I brought home a box of used cups. I will be planting various herbs and tomatoes.
Finally, the snow has been rapidly melting. There are patches of soggy grass poking through. If this extraordinarily nice weather continues to hold, I will be able to prep the site for the hives sooner than I had anticipated.