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Sweet Potato slip update

15 Apr 2020 1 minute read 6 comments Solominer

Its been over a month now since I started growing slips, which I can then place in the ground and hopefully get a bunch of Sweet Potatoes. As I keep the Potatoes hydrated in the mason jars, they start to grow roots and leaves on top. Once those leav...

Planting strawberries in raised containers

13 Apr 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Solominer

Im giving growing strawberries another try, previously I grew them in the ground without any raised containers. It did not work out well as the bugs got to them very quickly. So this time around I plan on doing it differently.    Camera Model Sam...

Peach tree covered in snow

15 Mar 2020 1 minute read 2 comments Solominer

When I moved to Georgia I thought having a Peach tree would be a good idea. Though for most of Georgia that is fine, but I live in the north. And we get snow and freezing weather throughout the late winter and early spring. Down south of Atlanta, its...

Late winter with the Mason Bees - Macro Photography

5 Mar 2020 2 minute read 0 comments Solominer

The flower petals of the Peach tree were burned by the recent frosts, though this did not stop the Mason Bees from getting nectar from inside the flower and helping to pollinate it at the same time. These Bees do not have pollen sacks like Honey Bees...

Video of processing Mason Bee cocoons Part 4

12 Feb 2020 2 minute read 3 comments Solominer

In this final segment I clear out the remainder of the solitary Bees, I had many bamboo tubes to open but over many hours I was able to process all of them. I did enlist the help of my friend @ryulincoln and he helped me do the rest of them. I think...

Bowling out the Peach tree

8 Feb 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Solominer

I have been growing Peaches for the last seven or so years now. Due to living in North Georgia they do not always make it to fruit unlike South Georgia. The flowers tend to open very early in the spring, usually before the frosts are over. This cause...

Planting a Minnie Royal Semi-dwarf Cherry tree

1 Feb 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Solominer

I have considered buying some fruit trees for the last few years. And settled on Cherry trees. During the winter I planted a Minnie Royal Sweet Cherry tree. And a Black Tartarian Cherry tree earlier this winter. From what ive read they are very hardy...

Harvesting Mason Bee cocoons

10 Jan 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Solominer

In the early Spring female solitary Bees were busy building homes for their offspring. I took some Bamboo I had sitting around and cut them into big and small pieces. The Mason Bees laid their larvae and left pollen pellets inside and sealed up the...

Checking out @makinstuff's Solar Survival Trailer

23 Dec 2019 1 minute read 0 comments Solominer

I got to see inside of this trailer I have heard so much about. Its a two wheel travel trailer that had been covered in solar panels on top and the sides of the trailer. With this amount of solar input, he can produce almost two kilowatts of power. I...

Building Bee Boards - Measurements and Marking

5 Dec 2019 1 minute read 0 comments Solominer

  The Solitary Bees should like the homes im building for them. Though in my last batch of boards I made I had an issue with the center hole. It was offset and made an imperfect circle. From what ive read and watched, the Mason and Leafcutter bees...