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2018 Orchyard report

It was a mixed year in the orchyard.  We had some very warm periods in early spring followed by extended cold snaps and I’m going to blame the low yield mainly on that; very few of the apple trees set … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing: Waking back up

The bees seem to have had a quiet winter – early winter was unusually mild followed buy a somewhat surprisingly extend cold snap in February. This is usually when we start getting the odd super-warm days, but this year we … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 8: Through the first year

It has now been 1 year since my system started producing electricity, which seems to be a good point to stop and look back over the data. System overview: The system is a 2.7 kW (DC) / 2.3 kW (AC) … Continue reading

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Going Solar: Part 5 – It works

Fortunatly for me, the time it took to get all the permits and approvals to install the system gave the utility some extra time to complete their paperwork in the background. This led to the Permission to Operate letter being … Continue reading

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The waiting game

The orchyard is showing signs of activity and buds are swelling. It’s the annual waiting game as the trees prepare for spring but winter keeps passing through, while all we can do is standby and watch as trees and weather … Continue reading

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The drought of 2012 at Rurikia

In school I learned about the Dust Bowl and how the lessons learned from it had led to better farming techniques. I read The Grapes of Wrath. I had seen museum exhibits of FSA photos and reports . I had … Continue reading

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Planting Time

The recent snap of warm weather was abruptly closed by a fast moving front which brought snow showers and wind. In the hours ahead of it’s arrival, I managed to eke out the last bit of gardening time in order … Continue reading

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