The orchard mason bees are going gangbusters! Listen to Lily explain the orchard mason bee life cycle, and then head over to Wikipedia to get the real scoop. In any case, I’m really happy to see them out and about and happily laying eggs in the tubes.
I’ve been working on filling in an uneven area south of the orchard for a future raised bed area. Aimee, a friend from school, suggested that I look into creating a straw bale garden. As you can see, I’m giving it a shot. I’m planning to grow squash out of the bales and then, as the straw breaks down, it will help fill in the uneven area. I’ll post progress reports on this experiment throughout the season. So far I’ll I’ve done is wet down the bales.
I’ll end today with this picture of Merveille Quartre lettuce. Very tasty!