|Package Bees Are Here|
We started off with our pick up bee package weekend last week. For those of you who don't know about package bees, let me tell you a little. Honey bees come in 2 - 3- or 4 lb "packages". These packages are wooden crates with screen for the bees to breathe. Inside there is also a queen and a can of sugar candy for the bees to eat until pick up. Hundreds of customers came in through the pouring down rain, lightning and high winds to come get their packages of bees and pick up their other supplies. We enjoy so much meeting these folks, but it's hard to make much conversation with so many numbers of folks here.
|Beekeeping goes on...even in the rain.|
The weather is not cooperating with us here
in Illinois. Because most of our hives are part of our queen operation, it's imperative we get the girls off the ground and running as fast as possible. We're a little low on the flowers right now, and with the almost-constant rain, we have been feeding the bees. Putting out feeders on 100+ hives is kind of impractical, so there's a variety of things we do to supplement the bees food. And even if it rains, we have to do the work. David's rigged out something we call the "beebrella"--a big golf umbrella on a wooden stand that he moves from hive to hive to work in them. Pretty clever. I wonder if we should selling these?
I have some wonderful compost done cooking. I read a book once where the author practically tells you that unless you have a degree in science, don't bother making compost. Well, I don't have a science degree--all I know is that I put in eggshells, food, the ocassional grass clippings and some chicken poo and I got some good stuff! Now if I could just get the garden planted.
|Sheri and a cart full of......|
We have babied this tree for many years now, and it hasn't bloomed for a couple of years, but this year it is in glorious bloomage. I hope you and your family had a great holiday.