glad the AFB check came out ok. if i started keeping bees i'd probably have to quit gardening. i'd neglect too many other things. i know it. i've been moving mulch too and more this week. we have a local hardwood mill that we can get loads of chips from and will be borrowing a truck for a few days. because of how Mom wants to do this round we're not just having them dumped (which is much easier for those hauling) in a pile. that will be the next round. there's always plenty of places i can use woodchips. my quick project for September turned into three projects and so it goes on. i've already filled in the center and am no working around the edges, but to do that means hauling dirt out and moving humus in (much better for strawberries) and having a place to haul to means i'm moving rocks and mulch so i can raise an area up. i'm hoping i can get this done this week. lol bean harvest is mostly done, maybe 1/3rd the crop of normal. some new varieties and fun to be had in that i've found some more people to share bean varieties with for not much $. plus i'm trying to get some varieties from the researchers who have developed some. no luck with that yet. still very busy times here for a few more weeks/months (until the ground freezes).