Rainy days and Sundays always get me down when I can not garden!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A LOOK AHEAD TO A FALL GARDEN.....




Hard to believe that at the same time I am harvesting garlic, I am looking ahead to starting my fall garden!  The first Fall frost arrives between October 15 and October 28 in my area.  That is about 12 - 14 weeks from now. 

Planting a Fall garden allows you to extend your growing season well into December and beyond!  Of course we are not talking about Tomatoes and Peppers, or other warm weather plants that need summer's heat.  However, many veggies are cold tolerant, such as broccoli, cauliflower, root vegetables, and greens.  Throw in a cold frame or two, and you may be harvesting kale in the middle of a snow storm.

Planting a fall garden gives me a second chance to grow veggies that I was unable (due to weather) or to late (do to time) to grow in the spring.  If my summer garden was not up to my expectations, a fall garden allows me an opportunity to redeem myself!

Some veggies such as broccoli and cabbage may be better off starting indoors and then transplanting out into the garden.  Believe it or not, the soil may be to hot for seed germination!  By the time the seedlings are ready, the outdoor temperatures and soil should have cooled off a bit. 

Prior to starting my fall garden, I amend the soil with compost and/ or manure.  I also water the beds the night before I plant in them.  I find that this helps to make the soil easier to work and cools down the planting area. 

I plan to grow lettuce, carrots, beets, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, pees, spinach, radishes, kale, and turnips.  I will be adding cold frames by early October, which will allow me to "overwinter"  some veggies well into spring, giving me a head start on next years garden!


Monday, August 4, 2014

R.I.P Hive Mary

 
 
Sad day today. 
We went out to inspect our hive, only to find very little of it left. A month ago it was doing well.  Then, about 2 weeks ago we noticed that the hive was not as active.  The hive seemed smaller, and the bees were more agitated than usual. Today, about 100 bees remain.  We will have to wait to spring to try again.
 
 
 
 
The busy bee has no time for sorrow.
~ William Blake
 

A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen.

 
 
 
 
"Unique among all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves the environment and preys not on any other species."
~ Royden Brown

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2nd HIVE INSPECTION and FINDING OUR QUEEN!

 
 
 
"If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee 
 
 
Finding your Queen can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack!  
There is only one Queen per hive, which can contain around 50,000 bees (give or take).  Her sole purpose is to reproduce, laying up to 2000 eggs per day.  She does not control the hive, but is constantly attended to by the worker bees.  The queen can live between 2-7 years, while the average bee lives for about 35 days.   
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Our Queen!  Note the longer abdomen.
 

 





 "If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive." - Abraham Lincoln