Patience. It’s a virtue. It’s just not one of my better traits. I planted three bare root, thornless blackberry bushes on the outside of my garden years ago. Not much happened the first two years. They grew, produced a lot of leaves and some berries, but nothing to write home about. Somewhere along years three… Continue reading Blackberrypalooza
A fast warm up with not just warm but down right hot days this spring allowed plants to bloom early, providing pollen and nectar to pollinators searching for much needed food. The past few weeks were more indicative of spring with lots of rain and cooler weather, although the whole package is typical Maryland weather- unpredictable. … Continue reading The Magic of Nectar Becoming Honey
As the nectar flow draws to a close, the girls diligently forage for the last of their key nectar and pollen sources, storing away the goodness to be turned into honey. Few tulip poplar and black locust blooms remain, and those that do, are vulnerable to wind and rain. Now that the danger of frost… Continue reading Waiting on Honey
The nectar flow is here in Maryland! These exciting words represent a lot of hope and excitement, not to mention work, for honey bees and beekeepers alike. My large hive has three supers in place as the girls arduously work important nectar sources during this brief, but important time period. Those now heavy top boxes contain the curing honey that I hope… Continue reading Making Honey
Another 58 degree day in late January here on the East Coast was a welcome reprieve that saw honey bees flying and chickens clamoring to get out after being cooped up from days of rain. When the rain stopped, I let the girls out a bit, their run being so muddy from all of the rain… Continue reading Close Encounters (with Chickens, Hawks and Honey Bees)
…the stocking is hung by the chicken coop with care… As Advent draws close to Christmas and the cold days keep us tucked inside the warmth of our homes with those we love, I am relishing my Christmas tree and the many ornaments tucked within the twinkling lights that represent my hobbies. In the spirit of… Continue reading Season’s Greetings
Winter has arrived in Maryland and we are all transitioning now to cold days and colder nights. The chickens are handling it well, likely better than the humans I hear complaining about the cold only a few days into the true start of the season. Temperatures didn’t climb above freezing most of the week. The… Continue reading Baby, it’s cold outside!