I was watching the bees leave the hive and fly into the sky and others returning obviously from a far away place (well less than 2 miles). So as I walked around looking at all the blackberry flowers I wondered why weren’t they coming for the close nectar sources like all the bumblebees were.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
As a beekeeper, one wants to let the bees work according to nature to bring about the best traits. One way is to let the bees draw their own comb instead of providing foundation. This allows the bees to chose the cell size they want, which also helps keep the hive healthy. It also avoids foundation that may contain pesticides from the commercial hives.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Not much has changed in the outdoor garden, but for the grow box we transplanted all the tomatoes into their individual cups. Now since we have more tomato plants than we can use does anyone want to purchase a plant? You’ll have to be in the Seattle area but for $2.50 you get a nice plant. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org before May 2013.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
So this week’s update begins with trouble for the pumpkin plants. Due to the grow box running out of space and pumpkins being mature enough to handle colder weather, I decided to move them out of the box in the garage.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
So the grow box has been up and running for a little over a month now, and the tomatoes and pumpkins are doing well. This coming week I am going to move the pumpkins into the garden and set up a poly tunnel which should store enough thermal energy during the night to prevent them from freezing. With the pumpkins out I will also be able to start some other plants that need to get growing soon, like the peppers.