Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SWEET

Doug Mills/The New York Times

This summer was the first time EVER honey was produced on the White House grounds. 134 pounds or roughly 11 gallons of sweet honey was produced. Charlie Brandts, a White house carpenter set up a hive where the bees could forage on the abundant flowers and tree blossoms.
The resulting linden flower honey was bottled for the first family to eat and serve at events and for Mrs Obama to give as gifts.......

Thursday, November 12, 2009

fall in the garden

It's a common question " You are only open 4 months, what do you do the rest of the year? These people have never been self employed. ha! The pat answer is I garden. The truth is I garden and work and somehow the weeks fly by.
We have had such a nice fall. Scotty and I are getting our spring clean-up work done now. It continues to amaze me just how much organic material a garden can produce. And just like a vegetable garden we harvest our display garden and the end of the season too.
After collecting and saving perennial seed, we cut back all the perennials, load the mass onto the tractor and fill our compost bin. This bin is 4 ft X 12 ft. Over winter this will compost down to half it's size and in the center will be beautiful compost that next spring we will add to our raised vegetable beds and the new garden we are creating.