Beeing Good April 30, 2014
When taking a look at my bees I noticed they were carrying bits of something white out of the hive. I’m pretty inexperienced when it comes to bees but this seemed pretty abnormal to me.
From the front I could see more of the white substance on the floor of the hive.
Then I noticed even more of it just outside the front entrance, on the ground. Upon closer inspection I could tell that out was wax. But why would be carrying out pieces of wax? I knew something wasn’t right.
When I opened up the hive I saw. That some comb had fallen. I wanted to hurry up and get it so I didn’t take a picture until after.
Here is the comb that had fallen.
As you can see there were brood as well as a little honey in the comb. In an established hive this wouldn’t be a big deal but this was a very small swarm that had only been in the hive a couple weeks.
As you can see from the condition of the comb the bees had been frantically trying to chew the comb away and remove it. I’m not sure of they could have moved the babies or not. Either way I felt the need to fix the situation as best I could and hopefully save the brood.
The best I could duo was to wire the comb to a top bar and give it back to them. I looked in on them one more time before I left and there were bees on the comb so I think they will be able to raise the babies. I will have to wait to see what the final outcome is. On the good side, now I know that my queen is laying. I think I will help them with removing the leaves next time I open the hive. These got there when I originally hived them and they might be a big job for the bees to remove on their own. I would love to hear from someone with more bee experience, especially natural bee keeping with top bar hives. Did I do the right thing?
Today’s Project April 28, 2014
I had found this old chandelier along side the road last week.
Most of the”candles” were already partly stripped down.
To do so simply remove the bulb, slide the plastic past that is supposed to look like a candle up,and then slide the cardboard up. This exposes the wiring. I’ll go back to that in a little bit.
Next unscrew the center part of the chandelier and pull the wires out.
Next flip it over and remove the bottom.
Once the bottom is opened up and the wires are exposed remove the wire nuts and electrical tape. Unwind all of the wires.
Disconnect the wires from each part of the fixture and pull them out. Reassemble the chandelier without the wiring.
Once the wires are out of the way remove the inner part of the individual candles and replace them with the type of brass nuts used for lamps. You should be able to find these at your local hardware store.
After that the chandelier is ready for candles.
A new phone finally April 22, 2014
I just got a new phone so I will be able to do updates on a more regular basis again.
The veggies have a more formal raised bed now.
Established areas are lush and thick. Newer additions have been added on.
Salad is growing…
And so are peaches.
Spring has sprung. More updates will be coming soon.
The Basics Of Companion Planting In A Vegetable Garden January 31, 2014
This is a nice basic guide to companion planting for the most common garden vegetables.
Originally posted on Old World Garden Farms :
One of the ways to help your garden become more productive is to employ the principles of companion planting. Companion planting encompasses all of the relationships between plants that grow near or with each other. The key is in knowing which of those relationships are beneficial - and which can be harmful.
Some varieties benefit by being cultivated with others because of the nutrients they can provide to the soil and the companion plants. Beans are famous for helping corn grow better because they fix nitrogen levels in the soil, making it easy for the corn to soak it up.
Other plants provide support or shade for a different variety grown in close proximity – such as leaf lettuce inserted around tomatoes. As the tomatoes grow they provide valuable shade to the lettuce crop – and the…
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Herb Garden Needs A Kitchen Near By! January 26, 2014
Originally posted on Town & Country Gardening:
If you do not have a south facing window to provide strong sun light for your potted herbs, growing potted herbs will be a real challenge at best.
Herbs can be grouped into 3 classes.
1. Culinary herbs are probably the most useful to herb gardeners, having a wide range of uses in cooking. These herbs, because of their strong flavors, are generally used in small quantities to add flavor. Parsley, produced in the largest amount, is used mostly as a garnish. Next in popularity is sage — an important flavoring in pork sausage. Other popular culinary herbs include chives, thyme, savory, marjoram, mint, and basil.
2. Medicinal herbs have long been thought to have curative powers. But while present medical…
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