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Dr. Bashioum’s Traveling Bees

March 13th, 2015

Traveling Bees

While it might not be warm enough for native bees to go to work in Minnesota yet, my traveling bumblebees have arrived from Biobest. I’ve installed the hive in my Wayzata garage greenhouse for my non-cold hardy trees that are protected from freezing temps in the garden. The bees don’t bother people, but provide a way for the potted fruit trees to get pollinated before the local bees are active. This is my second time using the bees, it’s a bit easier than doing it myself with a little brush! Gardening in Minnesota can be challenging, but the rewards are many.

Early blossoms await  â€ª#‎pollination‬. Peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines..

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Dr. Bashioum Hosts Garden Guests

August 20th, 2014

Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine

I had special guests visit my garden last month, Sushi Chef extraordinaire Billy  Tserenbat from Sushi Fix and Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine food blogger Stephanie March. Of course it was an occasion that called for a glass of wine while we toured the unusual fruits and vegetables that I’m growing. I find great pleasure in sharing my harvest with family, friends and neighbors and it’s a kick to have things that aren’t available locally. Everything in the garden is edible and provides some interesting flavors for cooking. Besides the hand-grafted espalier  apple trees that you see in the background of the photo, I have French white woodland/alpine strawberries called fraise des bois, Japanese Shiso and Shishito peppers, Peruvian citrus peppers and other weird stuff. Gardening is a great hobby and I find it relaxing to walk home and work outside after doing surgery. Although Lindsay rather characterizes it as “farming” rather than gardening now due to my yearly expansion! No wonder it is ranked as the #1 hobby in America.

To read Stephanie March’s recent Blog about her visit  in the “Foodie File” at Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, click here.

 

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