Bees & Pollinators

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Top Bar Plans

Top Bar Plans

I've had a few requests for a post on how to build a top bar hive.  Instead of re-inventing the wheel, I though it might be best to simply give you the link to the source.  So, courtesy of Tool Lady, here's the link...Free Top Bar Hive PlansOf course, Tool Lady tweaked them a bit, but this plan will give…
Bee Relocation – Settling In

Bee Relocation – Settling In

Well, I don't have any new pictures to show you of the bee relocation, because the weather was absolutely gross today!  It was so windy all I could do was check on the chickens and hoop houses while trying my best to not get blown over!  I do however, want to say that last nights move went very smoothly!  With…
Bee Relocation Prep

Bee Relocation Prep

Today we...Painted old pallets, wrapped weed cloth around them and stuffed soil into themCleared more rocks & leveled the ground where the bees will be moved toPut some stakes in the groundSecured two of the three pallets to their stakesCreated trellising above each pallet for more vertical grow space and to crate a barrier for the bees to fly overTrashed the back yard (sometimes…
Bee Relocation

Bee Relocation

After much debate, we've decided to move the bees.  Don't worry, we're not moving them to someone else's property.  Instead, we're moving them from our front yard into our backyard. Why?  Well, the main reason is because, as we learned last year, it turns out I am extremely allergic to bee stings.  I have purchased an EpiPen and haven't been…
Winter Bees

Winter Bees

The bees are cleaning house! A couple of days ago the sun was shining and it was pretty warm out (50ish is my guess), so the bees took the opportunity to clean out their dead.  One by one they flew out with a dead bee in their clutches and simply dropped said bee on the ground in front of their…
Preparing the Bees for Hibernation

Preparing the Bees for Hibernation

After our little honey accident a little over a month ago and my sting reaction a few weeks ago, we've (I've) been a little hesitant to get back into the bees.  However, it had to be done...and soon since the weather is turning whether I want it to or not.  So, we suited up and went out, smoker in hand, to…
Today

Today

Today was busy, but good busy.  Here are just a few things Tool Lady and I got done today...We did some training of our espalier trees (which means we tied their branches to the fence) and in the process accidently harvested a few (not quite ready) apples that Fish Girl is just a little excited about.In the process, Tool Lady…