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Defending against the Knotweed King... also weather.

16 May 2021 4 minute read 0 comments Dibbler

This morning I woke up fairly early, made myself a coffee while Sky and Elizabeth still slept, and sat for a moment behind the house enjoying the early morning heat. The sky was a clear deep blue with just a couple of clouds to the south, the sun...

A closer look at Solitary Bees Part 8: Final thoughts for the season

9 Jul 2020 2 minute read 1 comment Solominer

The adult bees are done with their seasonal work, being out only from February through April. I look at their homes and discuss how it all went and what to expect next. We look at both the bee cubbies and the bee house. No signs of adult Mason Bees...

A closer look at Solitary Bees Part 7: Cold days

5 Jul 2020 2 minute read 0 comments Solominer

Around where I live these bees emerge in late February. The time can vary in different places based on when temperatures rise above 55F (12C). In North Georgia this will occur early on in February or March. Winter is not usually done by then and som...

A closer look at Solitary Bees Part 6: Working with mud

4 Jul 2020 2 minute read 0 comments Solominer

Watching the bees work on building their homes is entertaining to me. I watch them as they finish off a tunnel capping it off with a final cell of mud. In the first part of the video a bee can be seen laying down mud to seal off the larva they will...

Found some old beehives, planning on rebuilding the site

1 Jul 2020 3 minute read 0 comments Solominer

  I had a chance to explore a few acres of land up in northern Georgia. I was told by the land owner there are old beehives somewhere, she just pointed me in the general direction and I got to walking through the summer woods looking for the houses....

A closer look at Solitary Bees Part 5: Adding the pollen collector

26 Jun 2020 2 minute read 2 comments Solominer

In this segment I add another bee house to the stack, this one specializes in collecting pollen. It has screens inside that the bees must pass through and when they do it rakes off a little bit of pollen. This pollen drops down into a tray I can col...

Spring Garden Update: Oregon Grapes

22 Jun 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Solominer

When I moved to Georgia I would see this evergreen plant in the forests and sometimes in peoples yards. I did not learn till years later that the berries it produces are edible. A follower of mine @goat-girlz mentioned they are indeed edible and can...

Spring Garden Update: Bush Cherries

19 Jun 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Solominer

In my previous garden update post I showed off four Cherry trees, in this video we look at a smaller version of Cherry called "Bush Cherries". These plants reach a height of around six feet and bush out the sides real good. The Bush Cherries are sma...

A closer look at Solitary Bees Part 3: A fight breaks out

15 Jun 2020 2 minute read 1 comment Solominer

This video starts with a Hawk call in the background with various other bird calls going on around us, the Bees can be heard buzzing in the background. All is calm at the moment. Two Orange-vented Mason Bees enter the bee boards. Distinguishable by...

High Speed Gardening - Video Lapse

8 Jun 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Solominer

I had a few clips I made during the early spring that I did not use in any other videos. So I put them together to make a short video lapse compilation. I put a random audio track in the video as its usually without sound when doing video lapse. I s...