Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Busy Bees

1. A worker bee collecting pollen from a poppy

2. The Queen Mother (with the white dot)

3. An air-conditioning bee fanning the hive

4. That's the beekeeper after installing the first honey-super
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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Snow Peas are Here!

After much anticipation, the snow peas are finally here. I ate my first one right off the vine yesterday. That is a privilege I look forward too, especially with a plant that is new to my garden and highly anticipated. There are several more ready to picked today. I can already taste the stir-fry, that is if I can manage not to eat them all before I get back to the house.

The rest of the garden is doing relatively well. I transplanted all of the plants from the sunroom to the garden. The major difficulty we are facing this year is the lack of moisture. I can water and water but plants just do better if they get a healthy dose of natural rain water. It has also been unusually hot for May and June. We are already into the 90's. This causes all of the spring vegetables to bolt quickly. I am having a much shorter season for spinach and swiss chard. The only good news about the heat is that the peppers really like the dry heat.

The bees are great. I find that I have a new interest in bees. I have never paid attention to them before but now I find that I just stop and watch what they are doing. They probably think of me as the stalker lady. Luckily with the bees, they seem to know what they are doing because I still feel clueless as to what my job is. Maybe it is just to be an observer and to grow a great garden for them to play in.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Second Deeps go on hive: May 26, 2006

The second set of deeps were installed last Friday, (5/26) just before we left for a camping trip. The first deep was filled with brood on 6-1/2 frames and some of the outside empty frames were moved inward. The top feeder was refilled and a new pollen pack was added.

When we check them this week, we'll need to open up the entrance reducer a bit. There seems to be a traffic jam most of the time at the front door. Posted by Picasa