Assorted and Sundry for 08/07/29

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6 thoughts on “Assorted and Sundry for 08/07/29

  1. My diabetic great-grandfather used to keep bees. He said there’s no reason to buy honey from somewhere that you can’t see when you can use what’s in your backyard. I’ve always missed that about him. He also grew some scrumptious cucumbers.

  2. I think that’s very cool. B. would like to get into beekeeping, but (along with a host of other things Nelson deems illegal for stupid reasons) you can’t keep bees within city limits, no matter where you are or how big your property.

    I would really like a chicken tractor, but we’re not allowed to have that either.

  3. I just recently learned that there is a whole community of rooftop beekeepers here in San Francisco, which may explain why we have so many honeybees in our garden despite Colony Collapse Disorder. We do our part to keep them well fed with a variety of flowers, and we avoid pesticides in the yard.

  4. Turf wars: “Why Mow?,” Michael Pollan puts it this way: “Lawns are nature purged of sex and death. No wonder Americans like them so much.”

    I love that!

  5. Ah, Boulder, CO. Home to just about every Televangelist ministry in the US, including that “Megachurch” known as the “US Air Force Academy”…

    That was always a pet peeve of mine when I was a Mortgageholder. You have this strip of land between the sidewalk and the kerb called a “treeyard”. You pay for it, you pay taxes on it, and the city climbs your frame if you don’t cut the grass/let doggie-do build up/whatever.
    But try to do something of benefit to you personally to it and all of a sudden it’s “public Property”…

    I see the day coming when we won’t have to worry about the Plan Commission kvetching about treeyard gardens, backyard Bees, Chikens, Rabbits, etc. because they will be one of the first to go when Municipal Government has to contract down to barely being able to afford to arrest murderers and pour water on burning buildings.

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