Honey Time!

It’s honey harvesting time at the Co-op.  So far we have 2.5 gallons and we still have more honey supers to go.

I finally have been stung now twice (it’s been 2 years so not bad).  The pain is not so bad but the itching is very distracting.  We have a couple more supers sent out to a keeper with a honey extractor.  I would guess there are 2-3 gallons he will harvest for us.




Once we have all the honey extracted we will start pouring small honey packages for the Co-op members to enjoy.


Bees, Harvest

Harvest, harvest, harvest…

Hello my dear gardening friends,

The garden looks beautiful (much thanks to all who weeded!) and has much to offer right now.  Come on over and harvest this weekend if you can!  The beans need to be picked!  There are tomatoes, egg plants, carrots, beets, corn, peppers, dill, basil, potatoes, cukes (a few) and it’s all ready now!  There are some apples and pears ready, and we would love to share all this bounty with you.

Thank you for all your work and encouragement!  Oh, we also hope to harvest the honey this weekend – which I am very excited about.  I am a little sad I have to be the director rather than the collector this time, but Darrel is good solo.  He does not mind the bees flinging themselves at his efforts.  The girls are just doin’ their job!

Take care all, and hope to see you soon,


Garden, Orchard

WeedFest – BozoPalooza

Hello all my fancy fellow farmers!

Next Saturday, August 12, is our big weeding day/potluck extravaganza, and you are all invited to join in!  We start at 9am, and quit by 4pm.  Darrel is planning to bbq for lunch, so bring whatever sounds yummy to add to the grill.  Some of his band mates may be hanging out, too – so we may get to listen to a guitar lick or two!

The garden looks like a jungle, and I picked the first beautiful tasty, dark chocolate mini-tomatoes this morning as I pulled weeds the size of small trees!  They were delicious.

Harvest:  there may be beans by next weekend – not sure yet.  We have dill, parsley, cilantro, carrots, beets, some lettuce, peppers, and eggplant, and basil.   There may be some cucumbers poking around. Perhaps a tomato or two will ripen due to this crazy hot weather.  It’s just beautiful, but needs some taming!

After our weeding party, I will keep you posted as things ripen.  Next month should be big for tomatoes & squash, and the corn patch looks great!  Apples and pears ripen late, late – in early fall.

Bees are buzzing – we had to cover them with a canopy it was so hot!! The girls are working hard to keep their hives cool enough!  It’s fun to watch them drink water – and they drink a lot!

Take care all,

Hope to see you Saturday.

Suzannamaria & Dario


WeedFest 2.0

Hello fellow farmers!

I just wanted to send a last notice to all who may be interested in helping out in the garden tomorrow.  We will be weeding, taming the beans and peas, and thinning the orchard fruit.  Start time is 9am and we will be enjoying a potluck lunch around noon.

Come with whatever tool you prefer weeding with, and something to toss into the pot luck arena for “feeding time.”  Enjoy the harvest that is ready for you!  (lettuce, spinach, parsley, beets, kale, radish…)

See you in the sunshine tomorrow!

Suzanna Maria


I have a need… a need to weed!

Hello Farmers!

One last reminder about this Saturday morning’s weeding party – just in case I missed anyone with my previous email.   If you have a free couple of hours, come join Darrel in the garden and whack a weed or two!

I surely will miss joining the group.  The other job out there is in the orchard – thinning the fruit.  The tiny apples and pears should be snipped to every 3 or 4 inches apart.

Have fun out there!

And enjoy some of the first harvests:  spinach, lettuce, parsley.  Even beet tops if you enjoy thinning the beets.  They are tiny and delicious.




Hello intrepid gardeners!

We have a garden, wahoooo!!  Thank you, Peter for helping me get all the tomatoes, peppers and egg plants nestled into the dirt!  It is all beautiful and seeded and planted!! Dario has a few pumpkin hills left to go, and I still have to hoe some corn and beans.  I thought you would all enjoy one photo of the pristine earth.  I am sure the plants are happy for the rain today.  I wanted you all to know the $$ you spent – every one – is in the ground.  Good investment. 😊

So now we water and wait and weed.  The 3 “W’s” of summer!

Weeding dates are as follows:  June 3, June 24, July 8 and August 12.  Darrel is in charge June 3 (very light weeding) and June 24.     We will both be here for weeding and potluck on July 8 and August 12.   The harvest right now is parsley and rhubarb. 😉  Strawberries are popping up all over in the barrels!  And it won’t be long – a couple of weeks or so – for our radishes, spinach, lettuce crops to be just big enough to munch.

All our best,

Suzannamaria and Dario

Garden, Planting

Planting or Bust!

To all my lovely gardener enthusiasts,

Planting commences tomorrow!   I know – very short notice, but this is somewhat extraordinary circumstances this year, so I beg forgiveness.  From 12 pm to 5 or 6pm or so, I will be out there in the garden planting all the tomatoes and peppers and eggplants and seeds.  If you have time, come on over and join in for a bit.  This is the fun work.  The earth is tilled and ready to go!

Thanks to Rachel, Obeus and Patrick, the boxes were planted a couple weeks ago, and all those plant babies are popping up (peas, carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce, kale) and I used eggshells to persuade the slugs to avoid the tender shoots, and lots of reflective tape to scare away those greedy birds.  The starts look good.

Weeding commences whenever you have time to pull a few.   I know weekends are best for most of you.

June 3 and June 24 are open – Darrel will be around for weeding  support.  I will be at work minding the human babies!

We will not be weeding June 17, as we have a giant sandcastle to build with the grandkids.

July 8 and August 12 will be big weeding/gardening dates with potlucks at the noonish hour.

I will keep all posted when there is harvest.  Right now you can take home rhubarb! We also have a long row of parsley that overwintered nicely.

Take care,


Garden, Planting

New Garden Planting Date

Ok garden crew -Due to events beyond control, we are scheduling a new planting day.  I actually caught Darrel out weeding in prep!!  Of course he believes in power tools and tractors for all jobs – I’ll let you use your imagination…

Planting date:   May 17th Wednesday

Hope to see some of you there.  I know it’s a weekday, but weekends are booked, so I’m really sorry about that.

Take care all and hope you’ve enjoyed some of this sunshine.  I know our bees have!

Suzannamaria and Dario


Alert: Planting Day Reschedule

Hey there Co-op Members

We have a bit of a family situation that has come up.  Due to a fire in Bud’s (her dad) garage last evening, Suzanne will be in Lebanon though this weekend helping with insurance, birds, and Bud.  Fortunately, Bud is just fine (very grumpy, but fine) but he has no water, electricity or heat, and the house has some smoke damage.  The family seems to be rallying well to get Bud through all of this.
As for our Planting Day, it does present a problem or two.  Due to the very wet spring, we have not been able to get any prep work done and the ground is not quite ready for rototilling.  I’ve also got some barn prep (doors coming Monday) and two very large piles of rock I have to get distributed around because doors are coming Monday.  I think this is the first time we’ve ever had to reschedule a work day but Suzanne and I have discussed it at length and think it is best.  Stay tuned to these email posts and/or collinadimela.com for a new date.
Garden, Planting

Fun times watching the garden not dry out.

Greetings fellow garden enthusiasts!

This Saturday we are adjusting the gardening plans due to inclement weather.  Darrel and I will be outside working during the morning hours if it’s not pouring down rain.  The work we can do is more organization, weed removal, and gentle moving of the earth.  We would still love your help, but I’m afraid planting anything will be quite limited.  This year the majority of planting needs to be delaying until the earth warms up and dries up a bit.  Stay posted for those dates.  Meanwhile, I’ll pick up the plants and store them in the geenhouse.

Mother Nature is teaching us patience!


Garden, Planting