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Edible Landscapes as a Mood Booster

Since COVID-19 has plagued the world, it seems reasonable that as shelter-in-place orders have lasted over eight weeks in some states, minimally the blues are effecting everyone and some are struggling with depression. Isolation from our friends, family, and social activities are hard and even debilitating for some, contributing to the blues and depression. It is not new news that exercise, meditation, and healthy eating are some commonly known actions that can help manage the blues and depression. Gardening has received lots of positive press over the years for being an activity somewhere between exercise and meditation that is sustainable and rewarding. Gardening was shown to provide a significant mood boost, according to an article in the Washinton Post entitled, Gardening boosts your mood as much as some types of exercise, study finds*. The study referred to in the article was published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.

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The study went on to find that the mood boost was equivalent to walking, running, and biking. The benefits were found to specifically benefit people who grow their own fruits and vegetables, regardless of the garden size and whether the gardening was done solo or with members of your own household. The study authors also pointed out the most benefits seemed to accrue to women and low-income people*. Even people with small balcony gardens in apartments benefitted too, so you do not have to have a large suburban yard to benefit.

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Ghost Cherry

For the study, 370 adults in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area participated in the study*. The study found that while all types of gardening are good for your mental health, people who grow their own vegetables seem to be especially pleased with their efforts relative to those who grow only flowers or decorative plants*. The evidence keeps getting stronger and stronger that gardening is great for physical health, mental health, and nutritional health.
What are you waiting for?

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Purple Beauty-Bell Pepper

There are so many reasons why you should prevent an edible landscape, but if need more motivation we at Yummy Tummy Farms are happy to provide as much motivation and support as you need.
Yummy Tummy Farms provides gardening consultations, edible landscape installations, and maintenance services.
See our website for details: yummytummyfarms.com or email us to schedule a consultation at yummytummyfarms@gmail.com or call us at 408-655-8500. We do video conferencing consultations as well.

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*  Source: Ingraham , C.(2020, May 15). Gardening boosts your mood as much as some types of exercise, study finds. Washington Post

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May 12, 2020 – Yummy Tummy Farms Update

Greetings from Yummy Tummy Farms and we hope you and your family are well and healthy. I, Farmer Donald, wanted to provide my readers, customers, and clients with an update as to what is growing at Yummy Tummy Farms. For an exact and complete list of what is planted and growing, please see our website at yummytummyfarms.com

About 2 weeks ago, we planted 28 different fruits and vegetables, in raised beds, on over 200 square feet of planting space. Since planting, we estimate that we have about 66% of everything that we planted already germinated and coming up. We expect the rest of the laggards to jump out of the soil any day now. Here are a few of our favorites so far: 

Christmas Lima Beans

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All of our produce will be for sale locally. Additionally, providing the yield is sufficient, when the cucumbers become pickles, they will also be for sale. If you’d like to contact Yummy Tummy Farms and or want more information, please see our website listed above. If you’d like a garden consultation or estimate on and edible garden installation, please call us at 408-655-8500.

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Please note, Yummy Tummy Farms does not receive anything free from Seed Savers Exchange, we just like their seeds, their mission, the good work they do, and thought we’d give them a free plug.

 

3 Garden Options vs. 3 Garden Myths

Do you want to plant a #Covid #Victory #Garden but do not know how or where to start? 

There are typically three options:

Option #1 – Take a shovel to your planting area, throw some seeds or potted veggies in the ground, apply fertilizer, water, and hope for the best.

Option #2 – Read an extraordinary amount of books and articles and even perhaps enroll in some online or post-Covid in-person classes, and wait until next year to spring into gardening action.

Option #3 – Hire an edible landscape ann/or gardening specialist, like Yummy Tummy Farms to teach, coach, train, and/or install an edible landscape for you. Have Yummy Tummy Farms manage your edible landscape while you eat locally, enjoy flavors that will blow-your-mind, and you can brag to your friends and take most all the credit for being brilliant.  

 

Option #1 vs. Myth #1 – Option #1 typically follows this cycle because myth #1 follows as gardening is easy and I can do it all by myself. For example, a Backyard Gardener plants the year 1 garden and has great results and feels great. A Backyard Gardener plants year 2 garden and fails miserably, gets frustrated, gives up, and rationalizes that buying fruits and veggies from Mega-Mart is not so bad after all.

Option #2 vs. Myth #2 – Option #2 typically is never realized because of the time, effort, and energy it takes to become an expert in edible landscapes and/or gardening. Option #2 is an admirable pursuit. Myth #2 over-estimates the resolve of the average person to study, retain, and execute the body of acquired knowledge well. Question: Who has time to eat, sleep, work, raise a family, and become an expert at planning and managing edible landscapes past year 1? Answer: almost nobody.

Option # 3 vs. Myth #3 – This is by far and away the best option for ramping up your edible landscape quickly while learning about edible landscapes while you eat like royalty right out of your very own backyard. Myth #3 is that hiring an edible landscape consultant is too expensive and cannot be affordable. This is simply not true. Yummy Tummy Farms has a variety of edible landscape and garden installation plans to fit every budget; moreover, all you have to do is contact us and schedule an appointment. 

 

Please contact Yummy Tummy Farms for a variety of gardening and edible landscape installation, consultation, and education opportunities for you, your family, civic group, or company. 

You can contact us at 408-320-5365 and at yummytummyfarms@gmail.com

Don’t forget to check out our website at yummytummyfarms.com for more detailed information.
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Saving The Honeybees #1

We here at Yummy Tummy Farms recently received a phone call from Nelson in Northeastern San Jose that a honeybee swarm had landed in his landscaping. We responded immediately to Nelson’s home and upon investigation found a small swarm nestled in this flowering bush. Farmer Donald carefully removed, relocated, and provided the colony with a new happy home at Yummy Tummy Farms. The honey bees appear happy, and from inspections, are healthy and thriving. Thanks, Nelson!

 

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If you live in Santa Clara County and see a swarm of honey bees, please call Yummy Tummy Farms, so we may assess the situation for safe removal and provide the homeless honey bees with a new home.

Contact us:

Yummy Tummy Farms 408-320-5365 or email us at yummytummyfarms@gmail.com

Honey Bee Swarming Season

It’s Honey Bee Swarming Season. Swarming has been unfairly and ignorantly demonized by Hollywood when actually honey bee swarming is a marvel of nature. Honey bees are a crucial part of the food chain. According to Science Daily, along with other pollinators, honey bees are responsible for at least 35 percent of the world’s food crop production*.

What’s happening when honey bees are swarming?

  • Honey bees are quite docile when swarming because they are homeless and only have two primary concerns: following the Queen and finding a home.
  • Swarming is the primary way honey bees procreate.

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What should I do if I see a swarm land near my home or business? 

  • If you live in the Santa Clara Valley, from a safe distance take a picture of the honey bees, and contact Yummy Tummy Farms at yummytummyfarms@gmail.com or call 408-320-5365. Yummy Tummy Farms will likely come and rescue the honey bees free of charge
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Honey Bees in my Plum Tree

What should I NOT do?

  • Do NOT panic.
  • Do NOT spray honey bees with any type of chemical. If you do, Mother Nature may teach you a powerful lesson that I will leave to your imagination. 
  • Do NOT call an exterminator as they’ll refuse to exterminate honey bees.

What if I’m fascinated by honey bees, want to do more to support honey bees, and want to learn more about honey bees?

  • Contact Yummy Tummy Farms for more information about how to support honey bees, local beekeepers, and buying local craft honey.
  • Plant a garden and/or install an edible landscape that is friendly to honey bees and the many other crucially important local pollinators
  • Take a class on beekeeping.
  • Consider becoming a beekeeper
  • Adopt a honey bee hive
  • Buy local honey and get to know your neighborhood beekeepers and have a conversation with them.

Yummy Tummy Farms offers:

  • Craft honey and honey bee products for sale
  • A wide variety of gardening and farming classes for private groups and larger corporate events
  • Garden and edible landscape consultations and installations
  • Installs honey bee hives in local backyards

For more information: call Yummy Tummy Farms at 408-320-5365 and/or visit our website at yummytummyfarms.com and/or email us at yummytummyfarms@gmail.com and/or read our blog at yummytummyfarms.wordpress.com

 

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*  Reference: University of California, B.(2006, October 26). Pollinators Help One-third Of The World’s Food Crop Production. Science Daily. Retrieved April 27, 2020, from https://www.sciencedaily.com/

Victory Garden

In 1943, 20 million gardens were producing 8 million tons of food. Think about that. 

Think about how comforting, safe, and secure that would be right now in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. What if before the pandemic, you had your own victory garden already installed and established? If you had access to a garden, producing some of your food then you could reduce or avoid having to go to the grocery store or mega-mart. You would also have the best tasting produce possible, the most nutritious produce is possible, at the closest possible location to you – your house! 

I realize not everyone has the luxury of space to grow a garden, but that obstacle should not stop you from getting involved in a garden. You typically have a friend or two that has backyard space that you may be able to start a collaborative garden space. Alternatively, you may be able to find a space at a local community garden. Some community gardens require a monthly fee, while some you may be able to volunteer labor hours in exchange for some produce. Gardening, if done improperly, can also be a lot of work and provide a disappointing yield. Gardening, if done properly, using the correct tools, methods, and knowledge, gardening can be a social, fun, successful, and rewarding activity. But, where should you start? 

At Yummy Tummy Farms, we are big advocates for getting educated and moving forward with a well-thought-out plan. Do you want to have a do-it-yourself garden where you read or take classes then take action? Do you want to hire an expert that specializes in edible landscapes to get you started? No matter which option you choose they both have similar considerations worth thinking about.

If you are considering getting involved in planting your own #Victory #Garden then please consider the following:

  • What is the purpose of your garden?
  • What is your budget like? 
  • What type of climate do you have?
  • What is your soil like? 
  • How much time do you have to dedicate to your garden?

Yummy Tummy Farms offers classes, consultations, garden installations, and on-going garden maintenance and management. For more information, call 408-320-5365 or email us at yummytummyfarms@gmail.com

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Have you ever seen asparagus flowers?

Honey Bee Wax

Yummy Tummy Farms LLC has pure, local, craft honey bee wax for sale by the piece which can be used for a variety of crafts and cosmetic purposes. Each piece weighs approximately 1/2 oz but will vary slightly because every piece is handmade and poured one-at-a-time with craftsmanship in mind. We do not discount our products for any reason. We do not sell our wax by weight, but by the piece, and the weight is provided for simple estimation purposes.

Each hexagonal piece is $5 + shipping and handling and must be prepaid prior to shipping.

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Honey Bee Swarm Capture

In my last post, I wrote about it being the time of year when honeybees swarm. I thought I would add a subject source to my blog posts and that is documenting the work I do in rescuing, capturing, and saving honeybees. Once in a while, you may read about a honey bee swarm that lands somewhere that is not exactly welcome; for example, in someone’s roof eve, hanging off a deck rail, or up in a tree nearby a lot of heavy foot traffic.

I got a call from a concerned customer at the Korean Palace restaurant in San Jose, CA who detailed the plight of a particular swarm of honey bees about twelve feet off the ground that definitely needed rescuing. After securing the restaurant owner’s permission, I packed up my swarm capturing tools and headed on down to the Korean Palace. When I arrived, I met with both the owner and the concerned diner who showed me the location of the swarm. After surveying the situation, I set up my twelve foot ladder and went to work. It took about an hour to capture this hive and attract all the worker bees to the queen bee. I really appreciate the kind telephone call and the cooperation of the restaurant’s owner for helping save the honeybees. I relocated the honeybees to a new home in Almaden Valley where they are thriving, pollinating, and helping maintain a healthy eco-system.

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It’s Honeybee Swarming Season!

 

 

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Honey Bees in my Plum Tree

Why do #honeybees swarm? Because they are honeybees. Honeybees swarm for a number of different reasons, but the overwhelming most reliable reason why honeybees swarm is due to genetics. Genetics make honeybees swarm and it is also one of the primary ways that honeybees expand the population and genetic diversity of colonies in a geographic area. Honeybees can also swarm due to inhospitable living conditions such as, too crowded and not enough space, poor beekeeping skills (i.e. the beekeeper is new or not paying close enough attention), and pest infestation. Even though a swarm of honeybees looks very threatening, it is my experience that while honeybees are swarming, they pose little of no risk to people. Prior to an actual swarm, a pheromone based signal is given off, likely from the Queen, to prepare for swarming which causes many actions to start happening. Some of which are: scout bees go out and find a new suitable home and report back and the nurse bees build a queen-rearing honey-comb cell for a new future queen. Once the queen-rearing honeycomb cell is built, the existing senior queen deposits a fertilized egg inside. About twenty-eight days later a new and future queen bee emerges, soon thereafter, she takes a mating flight and the male bees all chase her, where I have read, a queen bee will mate with as many male bees as she can, sometimes over fifty!

Once the new and future queen returns from her mating flight, the existing senior queen has decided to leave, relinquishing the hive to the new and future queen. The senior queen already has made a crucial decision of where the next home will be and then she takes roughly 50% of the worker honeybees with her and by the tens of thousands, they take flight. Presto! You have a swarm of #honey #bees.

Over the next couple of weeks to two months, I will be out capturing honeybee swarms, where and when possible, I will post pictures of the little darlings wherever they land a give you all an update of honeybee hijinks.

Almaden Valley Farmers Market

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We are out selling delicious local honey at the Almaden Valley Farmers Market. Fellow farmer Hector, owner operator, of Hector’s Organic Farm in Salinas, CA grew this amazing 6 1/2 pound cauliflower. There are so many amazingly talented #organic farmers here l, but today Hector wins honorable mention for demonstrating that organic farming yields are plentiful for the consumer and gainful for the farmer.

Just another Day on the Farm

Living a step back in time

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