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In the garden before work.

Had an early morning before work today
Got myself to the garden

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The honeybees were already absorbed in their work among the buckwheat blossoms

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I set out to harvest the dry beans
Because they were beginning to show signs of mold

hmmmmm

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This is NOT what a healthy bean looks like…

And as I pulled the plants out from the garden, there was this familiar track of thoughts running through my mind…
“Next year, I’m gonna thin the beans better… Be more on top of the weeds… Etc…”

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(Squinchy face)

And so began the Thinking dance

Present… Future… Story… Present…
Present… Future… Story… Present….

(Waltz, anyone?)

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It was my first go at growing dry beans
And from the mold I did learn that spacing DOES make a difference.
And yes, it has been quite rainy this season…
Still,
I’ve got some good information from this one season of trying something new

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I love that about gardening
Experiential learning

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I have no idea what the yield will be.
Time will tell after drying in the greenhouse

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There are two varieties

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Vermont Cranberry

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And Marfax

One of the landowners was out in their garden and she gifted me one of the small Italian squashes – this one goes by the name Tromboncino

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Serious, this is one of the small ones…

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SMALL?!?

Then back out to the garden to pick a few carrots

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(Should’ve taken a bucket with me, but a shirt will do in a pinch…)
A few more sunflower portraits, then off to work

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Tincture – attempt #1.

Last month, the New Moon was in Cancer, and so it seemed like a veryfine time to give my first go at making a tincture.

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I had no idea what I was doing beyond reading part of a book, and reading some posts by herbalists online about how to tincture Propolis.
Propolis is good stuff.
Made by bees from the gathering of resin, mostly from trees in this hemisphere.

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This is the same jar about mid-month in after shaking it vigorously once or twice each day.
Today is the New Moon in Virgo – and so it seemed like a veryfine time to harvest the propolis

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Doesn’t look all that different from a couple weeks ago, but to make medicine today seemed just so.

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Gathering the equipment together
– low tech.

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The book I had doesn’t say anything about Propolis in particular, so I just got to it
The aroma was strong, and the lid had Propolis goo stuck to the inside.
Amazing stuff

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Thank you bees
Thank you so

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It was hard to pour at the same time as taking a photo, but I somehow caught the goo (there’s probably a technical name for the material) sliding out from the jar
It smells really good
Seriously

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It’s very very sticky

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I tried squeezing the cotton cheesecloth bundle to remove as much of the goodness as possible

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There is probably a better way of doing it, as my hands are now coated with resin (no longer sticky, and smells like Propolis)

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I couldn’t bring myself to just compost the goo, figuring it will have some beneficial use, even if I didn’t know what that was in the moment…

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The decanting begins!

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Superfancy labels…..

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Hooray!!!
Ready to share the goodness!!

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Blessings on the mindful keepers of the bees
And for all who plant bee-friendly food (that is, flowers, trees, and plants which offer good food for the bees)

If you gave not already seen the movie Queen of the Sun
www.queenofthesun.com
I highly recommend it.

What if the commercial growers of fruits and nuts took 30% of their agricultural crops and made it into year round bee sanctuaries?
If swaths of corn, wheat, and soybeans all through the Midwest were made into bee sanctuary corridors?
Just creating and tending these corridors could be a source of employment.
Many people want to work with plants, be outside, be of benefit to the planet, feel their inextricable link to all things…
This could allow for that…
Perhaps

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(I know it’s a bumble and not a honeybee… The honeys were all over the buckwheat)

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