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
A little planning can go a long way for a garden. And a lot of planning can go right out the window when the unexpected crops up. We didn’t expect 80 degrees in March, rodents of unusual talent, or a swarm of bees in May. We’ve adjusted our plan here and there, letting go of … Continue reading The Fox Plot grows a very small farmer
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!
**I wrote this over a week ago, then didn’t have internet for a bit, so didn’t get it posted. Better late than never! When I was a small girl, I was a bit enamored by the bunny rabbit. He seemed so sweet and fuzzy, even a bit shy. He even brought jellybeans and chocolates at … Continue reading Small woodland creatures, how I loathe you
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