This morning I spent several productive hours working outside in the garden. First up was a quick weeding of the previously mulched garlic. And the weeds turned into much appreciated cow chow.
Next, I transplanted my first batch of 60 tomato plants which I started from seed in mid-February. The nice surprise in this task was finding earthworms galore as I dug the holes for the tomatoes. All of that hard work in soil improvement is most definitely paying off.
A few days ago, I retrieved a small swarm of bees from one of my hives. Luckily, the swarm settled down in a semi-dwarf apple tree which made the job of getting them into a new hive almost trivial.
Lastly, I wrote another guest post for Robb Wolf this week about Growing Sweet Potatoes. Please check it out.
Thanks for reading.
While I was never a huge fan of the TV show Cheers, I did have a certain fondness for the character Cliff Clavin. Cliff had the ability to spew out useless trivia like no one else (well, except for me). Like Cliff, when I stumble upon information I find interesting, I assume that everyone else will find it equally interesting.
So with my best Cliff Clavin voice, here are a few facts you may not (but should) know about honey bees. Continue reading
Great news! After a quick peek inside my bee colonies a few days ago, 19 out of 20 hives made it through the winter (so far). But just like a Vegas gambler on a winning streak, each surviving colony is in the process of going “all in,” betting on new food being available within a few weeks. Honestly this is a bet that each hive must make if they are to survive and grow new bees to replace the withered ones that lasted through the winter. Continue reading