Creeping Charlie

It is an interesting weed from the mint family, commonly called ‘ground ivy’ and botanically named as ‘Glechoma hederacea’. It is a perennial with vines spreading even beneath the plastic mulch and creeping out from any opening. It was introduced by Europeans in the North America and is one of the difficult weeds to control….

Solar Eclipse 2017

I still remember the total solar eclipse of 1980. It was February and the city in the beautiful hill town of Ranchi, India came to a standstill. All schools and offices were shut down by a local government decree. There was no amazon or internet those days. The newspapers came only the next day, TV…

A bird in hand … Literally

The farm gives an experience of a life time and brings you closer to the nature. This statement proved to be true when I actually held a bird in hand. Soft, tender and so fragile. Shaken by the crash she had with the glass window, the bird was probably resting on the ground when I…

Yellow Poplar

Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipfera) or Tulip Tree is a major attraction for bees and gives a nice golden hue to the honey in the spring. It flowers in May along with Black Locust and other native flowers. The honey thus produced is fragrant, sweet and golden in color. The current count of Poplar trees in…

Pink Dogwood

Dogwood (Cornus florida) is a hardy deciduous tress which does well in zone 6. The beautiful pink flowers are a delight. The farm driveway has a dozen of dogwood trees along its drive way with one of the trees with pink flowers. The bees and the flowering dogwood trees reminds me of the country song…

Honeybees Love Mint

The honeybees in the farm feasted on mint this late summer. The farm today has multiple varieties of mint and other herbs like marjoram, basil, oregano, catnip, sage, lavender etc. The honeybees showed a special liking for the mint, lavender and marjoram flowers. While bumble bees were dominating the catnip.  

Water Lilly

The water pond in the apiary had the first bloom of the water Lilly this season in the farm. The long term goal of our farm is to have a diversity supporting and complementing the native flora and fauna. Water Lilly in a small pond helps purify the water and shelter to many water based…

Icy Propane Cylinder

Ever seen an icy built-up outside the propane cylinder? Do not be alarmed, it can be explained by simple physics. Propane is a fossil fuel, which exists in the form of gas at standard temperature and pressure (32 °F, 1bar). However, for an easy transportation and distribution, it is bottled in cylinders at high pressure, turning propane into liquid. As…

3 in 1 – A rare occurrence

One seed leads to one Kohlrabi plant. Kohlrabi is basically a stem modification and the plant has only one stem. However, it was a surprise to see 3 kohlrabis growing in one plant. It was a freak instance. A rare phenomenon. I had seen conjoined vegetables before, but nothing like this. These were perfectly healthy, evenly sized…

Farmer’s wish list

I am an engineer, a farmer, an apiarist, a photographer and an artist. The daily prompt challenge of ‘The poetry of list making’, made me think. A poem….Why not? To leave behind a sustainable farm Full with attainable charm Zero tilling and no chemicals Lots of compost and some animals Flowers, fruits and vegetables Year…

Eastern Blue Bird

    Eastern Blue Birds (Sialia sails; family of Thrushes) are small in size (16-21cm), beautiful blue-feathered birds with a partial white and orange breast. They typically will lay 3-7 eggs at a time and eggs are blue in color too. They feed mainly on insects and this makes them valuable for the farm ecosystem. Eastern…