First harvest from our own bees. I know I am biased but this honey is incredibly good. I tested our own against other brands, one from Tasmania, two from Taiwan. Ours has a hint of sourness, a bit like honey with a few drops of lemon juice. Maybe this is the result of feeding on the flowers of beggarticks 大花咸豐草.
Our landscape hero 阿雄 who patiently worked our land. The stone walls, when they are ready, will be a labour of love: digging out the stones, sorting the usable ones from the crumbly type, soaking and scrubbing them, and of course protecting the fertile topsoil in the meantime.
Dig out the stones and level the ground
Sort them according to type (discard the crumbly ones) and size
The itch started on the inside elbow of my right arm. I thought it was a mosquito bite and didn’t pay much attention. The next day, the itch spreads to the entire lower arm. My arm was covered in rashes and fortunately no blisters.
Must be an allergic reaction. Medication? Food? Mites? Nothing I could do except applying antihistamine cream with steroid to reduce the itch and inflammation.
This is probably caterpillar dermatitis. I must have touched or brushed against poisonous caterpillar in the edible garden, or under a tree. I live in nature and there are trees everywhere.
Now I know why long sleeves are recommended when in the wild.
I hate snails and slugs as they eat the plants in my edible garden, but seeing them dead like this , seems overly cruel, even to my enemies.
The person at the seeds store suggested these pink little things 聚乙醛. This is not the natural way but worth a try. I sprinkled them around the edge of the planter last night. This morning I found a total of 12, all dead.
I don’t like slugs and snails. They eat my plants, especially fresh young shoots of beans, squash, peppers, cauliflowers and others.
The man at the seeds store suggested sprinkling these tiny pink bits around the planter. They are Metaldehyde聚乙醛, a pesticide for slugs and snails. Judging from the instructions on the back of the pack, it is pretty poisonous. I found 12 dead snails and slugs the next morning, and another 12 the following day.
While it is great that my plants are protected, I do feelunease using a pesticide that might pollute the land and water.