A Place For The Future Past

If Wishes were tractors
April 17, 2007, 5:11 pm
Filed under: Community On The Earth

It had started with both Emilie and I voicing aloud our need for some odd, esoteric but vitally needed smallish item (what exactly is evading us at the moment). So soon afterwards one appeared, as though by magic. It continued with a lost $20 bill reappearing in a stump and a couple of other small requests. All we needed to do was say “What we REALLY need is a ……” and the other agree and POOF.

It happened again, so Emilie looked upwards and said, “Tractor?” We looked at each other and nodded, um, yeah, we need a tractor…..


One of our new local friends is having problems with the county, he needs to get his place cleaned up and taxes brought up to date. In one of his old, magnificent old barns is old equipment, covered in decades of dust. Knowing he had been ripped off by “friends” before, I offered to help list some of the pieces on Ebay — checks sent directly to him, I’ll help him get the items boxed and shipped. So he offered us an old tractor (that will only need a bit of work to get it working).

Then, we wished for bee equipment — He also gave us a BUNCH of bee boxes and equipment — Donna? What should we do? They’ve been sitting in a barn collecting dust. Do they need disinfecting? Where’s a good place to set them up?

So, we will have to be very careful about what we ask for!


In the greenhouse, lettuce and spinach have reached picking stage, and we often sneak away tasty leaves to add to sandwiches and such. Cutworm damage has slowed to almost nothing and the weather is slowly warming. Radishes are growing fast, and the beet bed is being weeded and replanted — some beet seeds are actually small clusters of beets, that need seperating to achieve full size. Sweet onions and leeks are doing well. More later….


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Check with the original owners. If they ever had foulbrood, burn them. If they didn’t have foulbrood, clean ’em up. Then google “bee hive construction,” to check out parts and instructions. Try setting out hives in dry, windless, high area of the farm. See if the local Caucasian feral bees will inhabit them (they may be more resistant to mites — we’re checking this out up here). If you don’t have bees by this summer, I know where to get Caucasian queens — but the guy has orders up to HERE and you have to put in an order early.

Re veggies: I’m much better at picking wild ones. Nettles about over — but the bracken fern fiddle-heads are coming up! Yum!

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