Here’s my lame excuse: We’ve been so busy! I know that’s true for just about everyone these days, but will nonetheless take the next several paragraphs to demonstrate just how busy this summer has been. It has literally been three months since a blog post went up, and I am certain I have missed the … Continue reading After much too long
It’s just the end of May, and it amazes me that the garlic has thrown scapes, the fireflies have made their debut, the tomato plants are beginning to blossom, and the bees have already gathered a harvestable amount of honey. Forgive me if I am redundant in saying this but nearly everything continues to be … Continue reading Garlic scapes in May
Last post, I mentioned that once bees decide they will swarm, there is no turning back. Last Sunday, several hundred bees found their way into the garage, where the extra beekeeping equipment is kept. Smelling like honey and cozy like home, the bees are attracted to the empty frames in supers and brood boxes. At … Continue reading Swarm!
Until yesterday, there were just two hives of honeybees that living in our backyard, tucked between the compost pile and the back rows of the garden. While the bees live there year round, even through the coldest winter nights, there still is a seasonality to beekeeping. It’s finally time again where we meddlesome keepers can … Continue reading Thus begins beekeeping season
It’s been a while, shamefully, since I updated the handful of faithful on the status of Fox Plot. I have excuses, the lame kind that are generic and generally sound like “I’ve been so busy!”. As reigning queen of the part-time jobs, I can’t so much pick and choose when I have too much to … Continue reading Excuses and more excuses
Once upon a time, a little mouse (who in fact was reincarnated from his previous life as a ground squirrel) spent his (or her?) winter in a lovely, warm and protected environment that was more commonly known as a ‘greenhouse’. After a surprisingly short winter, the little mouse was interrupted in early spring by the … Continue reading A Mouse in the Greenhouse and other Garden Fairytales
Even after such a mild winter, I am guilty of complaining just a week ago that I was ready for warmer weather. I honestly wasn’t expecting 80 degrees in mid-March! As delightful as it feels, it sets in motion some things that would not ordinarily begin until later in spring (as it is still officially … Continue reading Who turned on the summer?
The bees have left the hive and are coming back with pollen! Here’s the comings and going at one hive entrance. I give them serious accolades for being the first hives (kept by our small three beekeeper collective) to make it in through the winter since I talked my own mum into this four years … Continue reading And they’re off!