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Cross Orb Weaver (Araneus diadematus)

Cross Orb Weaver (Araneus diadematus)

October is clearly orb weaver month, and not just here on the farm. Suddenly out of nowhere it looks as if Nature herself has decided it’s time to decorate for Halloween. There are spiders, and their webs, all over the trees, and shrubs, and every morning the...
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

When we cleared the slope for the orchard, we cleared a small area that had been choked with vegetation, including a number of invasive species, and dead, or diseased trees.  This resulted in much more sun reaching the slope, and a significant amount of soil...