Archive for February, 2014

Nice going Eugene, Oregon…You are the leader in the effort to ban neonicontinoids from city properties.

Oregon Sustainable Beekeepers

This from John Jordan, Communication Director for Beyond Toxics:

Eugene’s City Council Wednesday night voted to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on city property. Council Resolution 5101 also expands the current Pesticide-Free Parks program and requires all city departments to adopt the same IPM standards and protocols as the City’s Parks and Open Space Division.

The Eugene City Council resolution, the only one of its kind in the nation, passed by unanimous consent in a council work session. The language of the resolution specifically includes a strong concern for children’s health as well as protecting bees and a host of other pollinators in Eugene’s environment.

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Now if we could only stop selling neonics as well: but there are steps in the right direction.  This past Monday, February 24, the Save Oregon Pollinators Act (HB 4139-3 amended) passed 27-2.  The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk where he…

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Another example of a ‘bully bee.’

A disagreement over blossom rights.

Our cat likes to play in this grass.  I have no idea why she likes it, but like it she does.  When I had the camera out shooting the bees on the pussy willow last week, I caught her in the act.

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Waiting for her.

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June 23, 2013...The walk into the woods starts here.  The creek usually flows under a wooden plank.  For several months, the water has not been flowing, probably due to the lowest rainfall this year on record.

June 23, 2013…The walk into the woods starts here. The creek usually flows under a wooden plank. For several months, the water has not been flowing, probably due to 2013 being the lowest rainfall on record.  To be precise, the water HAS been flowing, but not where you can see it.  Close to the point where the path crosses the creek, the creek dives underground.

A small pool of water can be seen about two feet upstream before the water flows into the underground.

Looking through the skunk cabbage, a small pool of water can be seen a short distance upstream before the water disappears underground.

June 23, 2013...The water flows to here, then goes underground.  It's weird, you can hear the water flowing, but then in disappears.

June 23, 2013…The water flows to here.  It’s weird, you can hear the water flowing, but you can’t see where it goes.

February 17, 2014...After a couple of weeks of on again, off again heavy periods of rain, the ground is saturated and the water is flowing.

February 17, 2014…After a couple of weeks of on again, off again heavy periods of rain, the ground is saturated and the water is flowing.  It’s been over a year.   Skunk cabbage is just poking up.

February 17, 2014...skunk cabbage just starting.

Old snag forms a backdrop to the skunk cabbage

Survey stakes, uh-oh

Survey stakes, uh-oh

They want to put a road here.

“East edge of road…?”  Oh no…they want to put a road here.

An article about creeks and rivers going underground.

March 17, 2014...Creek still flowing.  Skunk cabbage growing well.

March 17, 2014…Creek still flowing. Skunk cabbage growing well.

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Rag Rug is almost done.

Rag Rug is almost done.

Do you ever wonder what to do with old table cloths, jeans, or scraps of material?  Recycle them into a very usable rag rug.

Do you ever wonder what to do with old table cloths, jeans, or scraps of material?

First cut the material into strips of cloth about 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) by any length.  Use scraps of equal thickness so the rug will be all the same thickness.

2 Fold the edges in !/4 inch, (6.35 mm)

Then fold the edges in !/4 inch, (6.35 mm)

Fold that in half to one inch (2.54 cm)

Fold that in half to one inch (2.54 cm)

 Sew the edges

Sew the edges and braid three strands of differing lengths.

Stitch the braids

Stitch the braids together to form the size of rug you desire.  We have used cotton thread in the past but are now trying fishing monofilament.  Stitch on the back side of rug only, so it won’t show.

Carmen likes to help

Carmen likes to help

Eddy O. gets his chair back

Eddy O. gets his chair back

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February 13, 2014...This bumble bee (bombus Melanopygus, I believe) was sipping honey when we noticed all the mites on her back.

February 13, 2014…This bumble bee (bombus Melanopygus, I believe) was sipping honey when we noticed all the mites on her back.  We would like to try to remove them…Does anyone have any ideas of how to accomplish that?

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July 10, 2013...Spring veggies harvested, soil spaded and leveled, drip watering in place, this bed is ready to plant our winter garden.

July 7, 2013…Spring veggies harvested, soil spaded and leveled, drip watering in place, this bed is ready to plant our winter garden.

When we planted  turnips, lettuce and kale in July for our winter garden little did we know we were planting for the bees as well as ourselves.

July 28, 2013...turnips are growing nicely in the center, lettuce and kale are on the sides.

July 28, 2013…turnips are growing nicely in the center, lettuce and kale are on the sides. Deer netting over pvc hoops.

January 16, 2014...We had eaten most of the turnips and just left a few to go to seed.  We never thought the bees would be enjoying them in mid January.  What a welcome surprise.

January 16, 2014…We had eaten most of the turnips and just left a few to go to seed. We never thought the bees would be enjoying them in mid January. What a welcome surprise.

February 9, 2014...My apologies for posting such a fuzzy picture of a bee on the catkins,but it was rather high up.  I wanted to show where the pollen was coming from that is going into my log hive.

February 9, 2014…My apologies for posting such a fuzzy picture of a bee on the catkins,but it was rather high up. I wanted to show where the pollen was coming from that is going into my log hive.

February 9, 2014...Many colors of pollen entering the hive.  In the video you can see the bright yellow from the turnip flowers.  It's possible this is from the pussy willows that are just starting to blossom

February 9, 2014…Many colors of pollen can be seen entering the hive. In the video you can see the bright yellow pollen from turnip flowers. It’s possible this shot is from the pussy willows that are just starting to blossom.  The darker orange might be from early gorse.

February 10, 2014...Yellow turnip flowers have been flowering since mid January.  Pussy willows are starting to blossom already.

February 10, 2014…Yellow turnip flowers have been flowering since mid January. Pussy willows are starting to blossom already.  Second bed is producing greens for our salads.  We can eat them 15 minutes after they are picked…can’t get much fresher than that.  We cover them with plastic film (partially visible on far side) on nights of sub freezing temps.

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