August 17 – 23, 2015 Kaw Valley Almanac
Here’s Your Chance…to be a Master Gardener.
Researchers Hope Kansas Bee Hotel Will Educate, Start Conversation About Native Bees
The Farm is located on lands overseen by the Kansas Biological Survey. Our bee hotel should be up late summer to early fall and will be a fine complement to this existing hotel further north of us. Visitors to the survey should plan on viewing both whenever the visit survey sites.
As concerns about diminishing honeybee populations continue to grow, North America’s 4,000 other species of native bees are also declining. In response, “bee hotels” are springing up all over North America and Europe, including one installed last month north of Lawrence.
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June 29 – July 5, 2015 Kaw Valley Almanac
From the milkweed blooming to our cicada emergence, the Kaw Valley Almanac keeps us informed as to the ebbs and flows of our bioregion!
Microgreens production at Farming Turtles
Microgreens are productive and tasty!
Newest pictures 8.6.14
KU Mobile Collaboratory (MoCOLAB)
A long overdue post showing some of the latest pics. We really are narrowing in on the finish. The biggest piece of work to be completed is the hatchback. The rest is bits and pieces. We installed all of the low-voltage lighting and the long counters on the side. You can’t see it in the pictures, but the recycled tire flooring is installed (the pink rosin paper is for protection.)
CS Humphrey helped us out by applying finish to the walnut benches up in the front. They look fantastic!
How To Build The Ultimate Tomato Cage For Under $2….The Stake-A-Cage
Our Roma tomatoes tied up neatly with the Stake A Cage
You may chuckle at the name – but “Stake-A-Cage” really is the best way to describe the trellis system we came up with a few years ago to effectively and inexpensively tie up our tomatoes and peppers. We get a lot of questions about it on the blog – so we thought today we would explain it in detail, along with details at the end of the post on how to make your own.
A few years back, with the garden planted, and about 45 tomato plants growing quicker than we imagined – we knew we needed to give them support and fast! After suffering sticker shock at the prices of tomato cages and stakes in the store, we decided to see what we could come up with ourselves.
We had some left-over welded wire fencing from building…
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How To Make The Ultimate Tomato Support For Your Garden This Year – On The Cheap!
Anyone that has ever grown tomatoes or peppers knows the importance of providing plenty of support for your plants.
The Stake-A-Cage at work in our garden last season
There is nothing more devastating than growing a beautiful tomato plant loaded with ripening fruit – only to watch it collapse during a mid-summer thunderstorm. Even more disheartening – some healthy plants can just simply fall over and break without warning from their own weight as they grow. You can go from thoughts of pasta sauce and salsa dancing in your head to an empty plate in a single day!
Good support not only helps keep plants growing strong – but the added light and air flow prevents disease and pest problems, and allows them to ripen more evenly.
Our Stake-A-Cages stored during the winter in the barn. Their design allows them to store easily
Although traditional tomato stakes and cages both work -they both have obvious disadvantages…
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