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Mary Mary Quite Contrary...

We’re so excited about the changes to our yard/garden/homestead this year!  A little pictorial:

Last year we had eight raised beds.  This year we’ve adding three more to accomodate more of the same veggies as well as some newcomers (spaghetti squash, radishes, watermelon, pumpkins).   510 more words


"Finished your warre now?"... "erm... still not so much."

Here is the next bit of fiddling about I have done instead of getting in with a new hive.

Using 40mm batons (to allow for 2mm removal by circular saw) I cut away a strip 9mm wide. 137 more words

Spring is Here

Spring is here and I am about to start my third year with the bees. I did lose one of the two hives that I took into the winter, but I made plans to purchase three new packages. 21 more words

Definitely Dead

The Carny hive, suspected of demise (and then a spark of hope), is now, finally, dead.

Here is what I found:

Of 23 top bars drawn out with comb, bars 13-19 were heavy with honey. 309 more words


"Finished your Warre yet?"... "ermm.. no...but!"

Rather than actually do something on my job list last night here is what I did….
… For those who want play along at home here is what you need. 269 more words


Projects...just a few

Though little has been written here lately (sorry about that everybody), quite a bit has been going on. Namely – construction projects.

I don’t have pictures yet, but Jordan has been working hard on repurposing a bay of our garage into a growing area (it has a south facing wall). 235 more words


Making the Bar(s)

Top Bar Hives can be constructed of just about anything that can create a trough-like shape.  There is quite a bit of conflicting information about the best way to construct the hives.  866 more words

Red Clay Garden