ericeugenius Ahh the joys of gardening on a barrier island I love finding these little guys! @eatyerveggies #diamondbackterrapin 18h

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ericeugenius 🌲 I'll be one with the forest again soon 3d

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ericeugenius These bees are supposed to be pollinating the blueberry bushes. Sort of like how I am supposed to be in the blueberry fields looking for pests
It's okay @amyraudenboo the bees and I are just on lunch break
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ericeugenius Remember this little caterpillar? She hatched today, after being in her chrysalis for seven months! Such a pleasant surprise to come home to I'm going to be raising more this year I hope#easternblackswallowtail 6d

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ericeugenius Wild violets
Ironic because these are actually city violets; dug up from Central Park and brought home with me two springs ago 😛 I was in NYC attempting to get my China visa for the third time that month.. walks in the park made it much more enjoyable
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ericeugenius This blueberry field was covered with happy little flowers they look like wild pansies or something.. Any help with an ID would be appreciated! 1w

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ericeugenius I'm ready for a camping trip 1w

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ericeugenius Soon it will be warm enough for drizzle castles on the beach 2w

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ericeugenius Welcome back tulip friends
Enjoy this beautiful day everyone!
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  •   dansiva Hey! These are flowering plants 2w

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ericeugenius ️so fuzzy
I have a special appreciation for spiders.. it cheers me up when I find a jumping spider crawling on my clothes. Not sure what it is about them. Mind you, I don't want tarantulas living wild in my house ..maybe as a pet though :P
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ericeugenius Getting ready to bloom! About a week or so and the bees will be brought in I enjoy seeing these plants wake up and grow :) so excited to see them mature in the months ahead! Oh Happy Earth Day!!🌎 plant a tree please I collected a few maples from the fields.. Worth a try! 2w

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ericeugenius Mummy berry cups!
There are two stages involved in the lifecycle of this funky little zombie-berry:
️The infected, "mummified" berries fall from the plants in early to mid summer and overwinter on the ground below the blueberry bush until temperatures reach 50/60° ️They wake up in spring and little mushroom-like saucers pop out of the mummy berry and release spores into the air to infect more plants. The spores land on developing leaves and flowers infecting them with a blight which pollinators are thought to be attracted to, conveniently carrying the the infection to unfertilised flowers. The germ then is deposited on the stigma of the flower and the fungus colonises the ovules of the berry as it matures. The mummified fruit is filled with a white fungus growth and shrivels before dropping to the ground to overwinter and start the cycle over again :) look carefully and you can see one of the mummified berry husks 😛
Clever little fungi #mummyberry
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ericeugenius Seward, Alaska on Fourth of July. It was about 10pm when I filmed this
19+ hours of sun each day took a little time to get used to, I missed the stars a lot and didn't see the moon often. On the bright side🌝 you find you have more than enough time to sneak in an eight hour hike when the sun doesn't fully set until past midnight
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  •   gracceeeface That is so cool! 2w
  •   ericeugenius It was! @gracceeeface definitely weird at first, but once you get used to it you feel so energetic. All the time in the world to do whatever you want :D 2w
  •   gracceeeface I would love that! I always feel so lazy once the sun goes down haha 2w

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ericeugenius celebrate responsibly my friends (grown in Alaska) 2w

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ericeugenius Made a friend while potting up some plants 2w

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ericeugenius This is a cutting of a cactus I received from a friend several years ago. Not sure what it is, any help? Thin, bristly spines are all over it (they look soft and harmless, they're not) it doesn't grow upright, it seems to get top-heavy and tumbles over the rim of it's pot.
@brambone I think of you and your mom every time I see this cactus
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  •   sbgibbons Opuntia basilaris, maybe? It's hard to tell. Definitely an opuntia though. It looks etoilated, try giving it more light and the new pads should come in a more oval shape. And yes, all cacti and succulent gardeners despise glochids! They suuuuck! Haha. When you go to repot, you can use newspaper because if you get glochids in your gloves, they will not come out! They are pricks. 😀 And that's my lame cactus joke of the day. 2w
  •   2bedroom_jungle Looks like what happened to my Opuntia bunny ears when it didn't get enough light, it gets leggy, long, and too heavy. Like @sbgibbons said, maybe with more light it will produce more oval offspring! :) 2w
  •   ericeugenius @sbgibbons thanks for the help! Looks a lot like opuntia microdasys. I have it on my window sill getting the brightest light possible, I will try some outside this summer and see how it goes! @2bedroom_jungle the mother plant has larger oval segments, so brighter light and time is probably what it needs :) 2w
  •   2bedroom_jungle Definitely agree, microdasys/bunny ears! Keep us updated! :) 2w

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ericeugenius Cranberry Weevils
These tiny beetles can damage blueberry crops severely if not controlled. Females bore holes in unopened flower buds in spring and the larvae develop inside. The damaged flowers eventually turn purple and fall from the plant before they even have the opportunity to be pollinated. Most infestations occur near the edge of fields where wooded areas serve as a shelter for the weevils to overwinter. Threshold levels are 5/bush.. at this location we were finding about 40/bush
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ericeugenius No more staring at a computer screen all day!
I started my new job working as a paid intern with Rutgers University's Integrated Pest Management program. Essentially I am counting bugs all day and keeping my eye out for disease on the blueberry plants. There isn't a lot to see in the fields right now aside from small buds and cranberry weevils, but I will post some blueberry pictures in the future as the plants flower and begin to form fruit In the meantime I am enjoying the magnolia blossoms that are brightening up all the neighbourhoods I drive through on my way to work and between the farms 🌳 so happy to have spring here at last!
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ericeugenius Happy Birthday throwback for my sister @emarentz !
This is the most badass picture I have of you so I figured it was an appropriate choice, I'm really glad you got to partake in some of the Alaska adventure :) Love ya sis!! Happy 21st
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ericeugenius Better Bee
Lightbulb terrariums are a fantastic idea, another great idea is using natural products on your skinMy friends sister recently started making her own all natural skincare products. The ingredients list isn't three inches long and even more encouraging is the fact that you can actually pronounce everything that's in there😛 I rarely use anything on my skin aside from my aloe plant.. so it's really refreshing to find something that I don't feel guilty using (that also smells great and doesn't look like snotty aloe juice)
I will put a link for her Etsy account in my profile, or you can find her shop on Etsy by simply searching "Better Bee"
Please check out what she has to offer!
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