Friday, February 9, 2018

Planting the last of the strawberries.

So the first pick shows how we get them from the nursery. Then how we plant them, and how they look a couple of weeks later.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Our busy busy bees!

One of the first things to bloom around here is this tiny blue flower that the bees always go nuts for. They may only be collecting pollen. You can see it gathered on there legs as they work and coming back home. We are not sure what this plant is that makes this flower but perhaps somebody can help u identify it. Please feel free to respond to any of our posts!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

This year's first look inside the hives.

This is a frame we pulled today from one of our smaller hives we just started late last summer. In the upper left you can see capped cells full of honey.
 A little to the right of center you can see a number of capped brood cells. These are cells with larvae in there last stage before emerging as mature bees. The open cells almost all have fresh laid eggs and young larvae.
This is all normal except for the fact that it is only the first of February!
They were still dormant and not producing new bees last year until the first of April.
I am sure the bees know that there will be little more wet cold weather over what is left of winter.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Recent appearance in the garden.

These are the beets coming up, hopefully the carrots will not be far behind. We are glad we took advantage of the warm weather two weeks ago before the rain returned. This will give us a big head start on these two important crops. We have found if we plant beets and carrots plus turnips at regular intervals throughout the year we can always have them waiting to harvest fresh. A truly important part of self sufficient gardening.