Well it's been a couple of weeks since my last blog and sometimes it is hard to find the time of day this time of year to put finger to button. Last week 'Aris' the beekeeper dropped by. I had never met Aris before but he found me in the garden and asked me if he could put his beehives at the garden. We got to talking and the story of his bees; a sad one. He has lost over 250 bee hives over the last two years due to farmers spraying chemicals on their Canola crops and other pesticides in close enough proximity to the bees. Bees are very sensitive to anything toxic as they spend all day rubbing themselves on flowers and collecting the fine pollen particles. Aris is has been keeping bees since he was 2 years old and is very passionate. Being a farmer the relies on pollination from bees for many crops it is a stark reminder why chemicals should not be allowed in any farming practice. As you kill the bad guys you also kill everything else and our reliance on deathicides it is biting humans in the backside. Every time your eat conventional (chemically grown) you are supporting a system that is fundamentally flawed and adds directly to the destruction of the planet. Wow heavy I know but its good for me to talk about real issue we all face.
So I was happy to offer Aris our space for his bees and he said they would be very happy here. Pictures (from last year- sorry forgot to take fresh photos!!) of the Carrots and leeks. The Carrots have just started coming up and I wanted to share with everyone as there has been grumblings from customers asking for our carrots. So they are on their way;)
I have a great team of helpers and the garden is looking lush and mostly well weeded. We have been enjoying lots of yummy salads with our meals and enjoying new season broad beans. I have some photos of my ultimate Rhubarb crumble and some fancy green tea cake I'll put up soon.
Hawthorn this weekend and we will have Chinese Broccoli! Plus so much more.
Enjoy your week