The Big Melt

As is common in our area after snow, the temperatures soared today to allow for some much needed melting.  This time last week, we were just getting dug out from our record snow fall and the temperatures remained cold for several days.  Today, however, the mercury rose to a whopping 60 degrees!  The sunrise above… Continue reading The Big Melt

Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

One of the many things I love about gardening is the ability to pull out food that I grew in the summer on the coldest days of winter and experience the tastes of summer, especially when you’ve had enough of it in the summer and worried about your efforts going to waste on wearied taste buds.  There’s… Continue reading Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

Meyer Lemon Curd and Challah

While schools are still closed and the business of day to day life is altered as the state clears away snow, what better time than now to harvest my few Meyer lemons and make lemon curd.  And golly, might as well make some challah bread to go with it! Citrus fruits tend to be harvested… Continue reading Meyer Lemon Curd and Challah

Bees Weathering the Storm

The very notion of “preparing bees for a blizzard” is really a bit arrogant on my part in all honesty.  Honey bees have survived over 2,000 years on this earth and know far better than I how manage themselves.  In fact, they prepared for this blizzard and any weather this winter offers in the fall by making… Continue reading Bees Weathering the Storm

Preparing Bees for a Blizzard

It’s the calm before the storm, quite literally, in the above picture I took at sunrise this morning.  A blizzard isn’t just about the snow but also the high winds that blow snow causing lack of visibility.  In this case along with those estimated 35mph winds, 18-24 inches of snow is forecast for our area.  That’s… Continue reading Preparing Bees for a Blizzard

Spring Chickens

While snow flurries taunt us outside, I’m warm inside dreaming of my spring chicks that will arrive in April.  I’ve ordered one each of Barred Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, Easter Egger, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Columbian Wyandotte, Rhode Island Red, and Welsummer.  That’s eight chicks that will be shipped at one day old… Continue reading Spring Chickens

Winter Bees

Mid January in Maryland usually sees cold temperatures and snow.  Mid January in Maryland this year has yet to produce either, but has churned out many days of 50+ degree weather.  As such, honey bees that are usually overwintering deep in their hives in tight clusters to maintain their heat and preserve their young brood, are actually… Continue reading Winter Bees