Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bees are in the Hives

Look at the closeup of flying bees!




Update on the new Bees. They are doing very well, the Queens have been released from the tiny cages and all the bees are working hard on their new hives. We looked inside today to see how they were doing. There was a good amount of new comb cells made and the Queens are busy laying eggs.

The fruit trees are just about ready to flower, and will need pollination...it is good to have bees again. We have many wild varieties of bees also.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Hive of Busy Bees




Today, the new bees were ready for pick-up in town. The nice, sunny weather was wonderful...and a great day for new bees. The bees are shipped from California, inside a refrigerator trailer to our supplier in Oregon, Glory Bee. They are kept in the dark in coolness, to keep them alive and quiet. This photo shows the back of the trailer, and boxes of bees inside. The bees come in these wood and screen boxes.



This photo shows my boxes of bees, up close. There are 3 lbs of bees and a Queen bee in each box. There are many loose bees flying around. These bees are not aggressive and not guarding a hive...so rarely will anyone be stung. Only the truck workers wear bee jackets. The bees did not bother us at all.

Next post - the bees come home.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Garden and Good Weather



Saturday was the very best sunny day! I have had it with this non-stop rain. Of course it is going to rain again for several days....  I had a plan for how to use this nice day, with plenty of sunscreen on my face. Getting some starts into the raised beds was at the top of my list. This raised bed is just planted with Brociflower, we love it and I freeze all the extra for later. 


This raised bed is newly planted with Snow Crown Cauliflower. They grow very well in this bed that gets a little shade and is a little cooler for them.


This garlic was planted last October and is doing well. I have been working on a variety that grows well here. Now that I have screen under this area...the gophers cannot eat it all. Note the rhubarb growing in the top right in the pic, it is coming up, and I am hoping for a good crop. The grass and weeds are growing very well.

I worked hard all day. This winter has made me soft with all the lazy days indoors. My feet were killing me! 

I did many other outdoor things as well......

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sinker Mountain View


This is the new view from my front door. Well, it was there all along...but we could not see it. There was a stand of many large Douglas Fir trees growing across the road from us. The trees have been cut and removed over the last 3 weeks. I am not unhappy or upset about the logging...that is what is happening all around us.  I do love this view. The mountain in the far background is Sinker Mountain, and the elevation is 4700'. The distance is 10 1/2 air miles. I am enjoying the view! I can easily see the snow level now.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Choose

Brave Girls Club
Writing blog posts has been uninspired for me for awhile now. I hope to get out of this funk, and get interested in posting more soon. Take care.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Growing Oregon Sugar Pod Peas


The weather is still frightful, cold rain and high winds today...with small hints of spring. Gardening marches on, and it is time to plant some things. Snow Peas are on my schedule to be planted. I just want to share this tip with you, pre-sprout the seeds. A few years ago I learned this method, and my germination and success is very good. My pea seeds have sprouted inside the house and it is time to plant them. I cover them with floating row cover, or mini portable cold frames. This protects the tiny plants and improves the growth of the plants for several weeks.