Category Archives: Farm life

I'm beginning to mold…

As I write this, the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill is upon us. The rains have come in waves and as soon as I go out to do anything, it starts to pour.  I go in and it quits.  I go out and it begins again.  Back and forth. Forth and back.  Raincoat on.  Raincoat off.  Boots on.  […]

And Before You Know It,

the month of May is gone and my plants have come to life. The garden is waiting patiently for the rain to let up.  We’ve had over 13 inches of rain this month with more to come this weekend.  My lettuce is looking very yummy but I sink trying to get to it. This past winter […]

Bee Update

I can’t remember if I told you or not, but last fall I had bees from one of my hives leave.  Before we had left on vacation, both hives were doing well.  I had inspected them a few days before we were to leave and both hives had a good amount of honey stored up.  When we returned though, […]

I Don't Even Know Where To Start

This spring, I had great intentions to keep updates about the garden current.  Once the weather warmed though, I have been frantically trying to clean up flower beds, get the garden planted, tend to chicks and bees, and work. I’ll start with the chicks.  I received my meat chickens (broilers) 2 weeks ago. Last year, I housed them in […]

Warm Up on the Way

I am anticipating a big melt down today followed by fever. Which translates to snow melting and spring fever. With temperatures on the rise from now until next week, the bees will surely know that spring is close. I’m sure they will be out today.  As I took them some sugar-water this morning, the temp […]

The Bees Were Out and About

Bees come out of the hive when it warms up to check for nectar

With the unusually warm weather we’ve had, the bees are probably thinking it’s spring time. But it’s not.  Colder weather is on the way and this is a critical time for beehives.  I am told that most hives are lost in February and March due to low food supplies in the hive. As I was […]

Planning Your Garden Site

If you’ve decided you have a little extra time to tend a garden, whether it be vegetables or flowers, picking a garden site is your next step. Most veggies need about 6-8 hours of sun.  The summertime vegetables we are familiar with (corn, tomatoes, okra, squash) are heat loving plants and the more sun the better. Greens, such as lettuce, […]

My Best Garden Ever

My best garden ever is planned in January. Sitting by the wood stove, cat in my lap, dog at my feet, thumbing through seed catalogs  planning and dreaming of juicy tomatoes, fresh herbs, and tall stalks of corn.  In this garden in my head, I have no bugs, no disease, no shortage of sun and rain, […]

Winter and Bees

In the winter, bees cluster together in the hive, at their food source, to keep warm.  The cluster is very tight and their food supply is hopefully enough left by the beekeeper to last them through the winter.   Therefore, only essential bees get to stay for winter. Drone bees (males) are only needed for mating with a virgin queen in […]