Friday, May 25, 2012
For several years now my wife has wanted a hive of bees. She was concerned about the severe drop in honeybee populations and wanted to try to increase the numbers of these interesting creatures in our area. She devoured books about bees and soon could spout out little known facts about honeybees that made you see these hard working intelligent creatures in a new light. As luck would have it a local Mennonite made his living raising bees and selling all the necessary items to become a beekeeper. So this spring a proper location was selected, landscape fabric was laid down and covered with gravel to keep the growth of weeds down , an electric fence erected to discourage hungry bears and a new hive was set-up. Now all we had to do was wait for her nucleus of bees to arrive.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I've been wanting to learn how to graft apple trees for some years now. Last year I tried several grafts but had no luck. This spring I tried again with 4 grafts and had 1 take.