Thanks to a short warm spell, the asparagus bed was prepped to make way for spring shoots.
So much life and beauty to behold in these lovely pear and cherry trees.
One honeybee hive died, and one survived our first winter. A search for the cause of death, and a proper burial by caring children.
Today we hit mid-40s here in Minneapolis. We weren’t the only ones on the homestead enjoying the warmer temps – look who revealed themselves! If you followed along in the Fall, you might recall my uncertainty about these hives’ ability to survive the winter, especially because of inadequate honey stores. We didn’t harvest any honey, but […]
Our first season as beekeepers has come to a close. We’ve had an amazing time watching both colonies grow in number, build wax comb, store pollen and nectar, make propolis and all the other bee things. We didn’t get to take honey for ourselves, but that’s ok. It is what I expected as each colony needs approximately […]
When we installed our three-pound package of bees, we had anywhere from 10,000-12,000 bees PER HIVE! Now the population is growing on top of that at an incredible rate! The queen bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, and we know her eggs are hatching now. We’ve seen the empty cells and even […]