Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Here we are with the rod that we drove in the ground that lines up with the sun to cast a shadow in the center of the rock on solstice morning. This picture was actually taken two days before as we were afraid solstice was going to be cloudy as you can see the shadow is just to the right of center.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Re: We are so impressed with all the native bumble bees in our garden this year working right alongside of our domestic bees.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Monday, June 25, 2018
I take a strong hive, find the queen and isolate her.
Then place a frame of pollen and a frame of green honey with bees into this well ventilated six frame box. Then going from one frame to the next I sweep all the bees I can into the box with screen top and a small opening.
I put the queen back into the hive where most of the bees return. I did this with two hives giving me two swarm boxes filled with queen less bees.
After a day I placed a frame of queen cells with grafted larva.
One box accepted them but the other did not.
So into that box I placed a frame of eggs and young larva from the downer hive and right away they began to make two queens!
When we get back from Philly, I am going to use this method to produce another set of hives.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Friday, June 8, 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Monday, April 9, 2018
The other is Dahlia who's calf must have been born just after I checked her this morning. Nether of these cows have had calves before and both did fine with no assistance.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Monday, April 2, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018
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.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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.