Vegetable Gardening for Honey Bees

These cold winter days don’t allow for much gardening time.   Like many of you, I’ve been considering the possibilities that spring planting offers lately, particularly as seed catalogs pile up and lure me into their pages with colorful spreads of summer’s bounty.  Last week, it was warm enough for bees to fly.  I went out… Continue reading Vegetable Gardening for Honey Bees

Snow Birds

The first accumulating snow in our area arrived yesterday morning.  As the sun crept up, the brightness of the snow in the early morning’s light must have intrigued the chickens as they waited to be let out of the coop.  I was anxious to see their reaction to their first real snow interaction. The forecast called… Continue reading Snow Birds

Season’s Greetings

…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

Baby, it’s cold outside!

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!

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