Chloe and Zoey had their first haircuts :)
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So Monday we drove to Iowa city to pick up three bee nucs. Nucs are little started colonies of bees, 5 frames in a box. It ended up being a wild 2+ hour return hour journey, as the new boxes didn't actually seal well, and, as it turns out, Donna's car trunk is not bee proof! We stopped once to use cloth grocery bags to stuff up the tiny bee-sized gaps around the back seat, and once to beg trash bags from a gas station attendant to try to wrap up the leaky boxes. Neither attempt worked too well, so mostly we drove home with a lot of bees in the car. Fortunately, there were very calm and mellow bees and we actually had no problems. The picture shows what the trunk looked like when we got to the farm!
The first nuc we installed at a friend's farm outside Woodward. These lucky bees have acres of woodland and natural prairie to feed on.
The second hive now lives at Twin Girls Garden in Madrid, Iowa, where they will pollenate Paula's organic vegetables :)
The third went to Raccoon Forks Farm in Redfield, also to pollenate organic veggies :)
We then inspected our three hives at Plh. Our two overwintered hives look very healthy!
The swarm we caught two weeks ago is also robust, but is building some unusual comb. Hmm, what to do?
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Despite the 90+ degree heat, John went all chainsaw whup-ass on two trees that were recently taken down by high winds.
This will be left to encourage wildlife habitat.
Gooses..err...goosed. Look at their curly feathers coming in!!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Lavender is blooming already! A full month earlier than normal.
All three beehives are doing well!
We harvested a few precious and delicious berries :)
Our broccoli and broccoli raab is ready too.
We found a little bird nest, blown out of a tree. It's made entirely of mini-horse hairs :)
The buns love each other :)
Keepin the post office busy!