Welcome to this week’s update.
Like a lot of the country, I like to have some coffee. I only make it at home on the weekends or holidays. I ran out of creamer last weekend and decided to see if I could make my own creamer. I searched and found the Mrs. Happy Homemaker page. I made up her recipe for vanilla caramel creamer and it was very good. I really like that I know everything that it contains. Luckily, I saved my empty creamer container to put my creamer in. To make my coffee, I use that water kettle in the background to heat the water and I pour it through a coffee filter cone. In case anyone wonders, I just use the Folgers coffee canister to hold whatever coffee I decide to get next.
I was harvesting the peppers this past weekend and noticed something out of the corner of my eye. I saw this tomato horn worm on one of the pepper plants. There were hundreds of wasp eggs on the caterpillar. For those that don’t know, the wasps hatch out quickly and eat the caterpillar alive. I imagine it is a horrible way to go, but one of these can destroy a tomato plant in just a couple of days. I took the picture and carefully carries the branch into an unused garden bed. I want plenty of these wasps around to protect my tomatoes in future years.
Here’s a shot of the peppers I harvested when I found that tomato horn worm. I picked several small peppers because I accidentally broke the branch. We had some pretty chilly weather over the weekend. I think that the pepper plants will put everything they can into pumping up the remaining peppers. Notice that red jalapeno pepper? That came from one of the reject plants that were too small to plant in the garden. I left it sitting on the salad table and the only soil it has is the soil cube that I started the seed in. It amazes me that nature can work her magic just about anywhere.
I fed the bees again on Saturday. I find that they empty about 3 quarts of 2:1 syrup in about 3 days. At least the bag is empty when I check on it in 3 days. I changed out the baggy again on Wednesday Tuesday and likely again on Saturday, of course this depends on the weather since it needs to be over 60F to open the hives. My boss goes to Cosco quite often. I had him pick up a 50 pound bag of sugar for me. I discovered that a 50 pound bag fills a 6-gallon bucket with several pounds to spare. I put a Gamma Seal lid on the bucket to make it easily accessible. For those that don’t know, a Gamma Seal lid consists of a ring that hammers onto the bucket and the actual lid screws into the ring. If you need into the bucket, just spin off the lid. It is well worth the money to store anything that you need to access regularly.
That’s what happened on my homestead this week.