We are back! It was nice break but not really sure I can say I actually caught up or anything – but that’s life!
Another storm blew yesterday and dumped about 3/4″ of rain – what a tremendous blessings that was! The garden seems to have grown overnight. Everything is lush and beautiful.
Justin tallied up the harvest for March and and for those of you who have been following Amy, our duck, she laid her first eggs since her injury (of course there was some complications — more on that later!)
Not to mention on Sunday there was a 7.2 earth quake south of us which rattled the windows along with a few nerves.
Whoops diverting a bit here, sorry! Like I said it was a pretty busy break! Now back to the title of this post.
Spring is here and there’s blooms galore here on the urban homestead – citrus, peaches, apples, lavender, borage, wildflowers etc. It’s a bee’s all you can eat buffet!
With the warmer weather and everything blooming like gangbusters there’s one thing you gotta know about keeping bees no matter how good your digs are or how tempting your all you can eat smorgasbord – you can’t just “fence ’em in” especially if there’s a new queen in town.
An old English poem says:
A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July isn’t worth a fly.
Learn more about why bees swarm – check out this well put together resource
Here’s our recent swarm capture.
Beekeepers Jules and Justin get ready to capture a swarm located in a tree
Justin climbs up the ladder and cuts the branch
Closer look at the swarm – its’ a beaut!
Jordanne climbs up to help
Justin puts the hive on a plank and lowers the limb with the swarm
Cutting away some of the branches
Everything ready and in place
Justin gives the limb a nice hard shake and
With one hard WHACK all the bees fall into their new hive
On goes the top
Captured the queen! Bees digging their new digs