Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bee Tool Box

While my husband I put together a bee wish list. One thing I really wanted was a bee tool box. But they are $80-$100 just for the box. I saw on line what other bee keepers were using to lug around their supplies. So for weeks I hunted around and waited for something to call my name.

Tada! This gem showed up on my hunting. I gave it a coat of stain and my husband put in L braces. I now have my very own bee tool box. It holds my smoker, bee brush, hive took and what nots for playing with my bees. And I do not have to worry about messing up a brand new box. This one has been aged well.

Oh Hail No!

Spring time means bad storms and hail.

These all fell right at dusk. My truck and solar panels took a beating. My ducks and horses took a beating. But everything is fine. No permanent damage. This is what I gathered after it all stopped.

Quacky Tilling

Before the spring storms come we broke new ground on our veggie garden.

We pulled down the fencing that keeps the poultry out of our gardens. 

Our ducks love the new feeding grounds.

They have no fear of the tiller.

I picked out rocks and the ducks picked out bugs.

Doubled the size it used to be. Now I need to amend the soils with a lot of peat, meal, lime and compost. And I need to put in the new fencing. And a new to me old 2nd garden gate.

Hive Full

After being down for 2 weeks with the flu, we are getting back in the swing of things. Back to painting our hives. I am priming them then the fun painting begins. Yellow and greens and colors in between.

Our first foray into the land of bees.

Along with veggie gardens, flower gardens, poultry, horses, bees and guests we have life.
That thing you do in between all the stuff. Sometimes you blink and it zooms by. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Boxed Up

My husband next the to 2 year old Magnolia tree we planted. He bought this up here from Louisiana for me. I love the giant white flowers. And I missed not having them.

We wore our our old mailbox. So I painted a rooster on the new box and we got busy putting it up.

Installing the new box at dusk because we ran out of time and daylight.

My handiwork.

Grateful for the screwdriver that can light up.

Fluffy Life

With the warm early spring, the fur is coming off the animals.

My husband takes the time to brush the bunnies.

Cotton is helping

Bunny fur is not fun to eat.

Mr. Jingles


The Shadow knows....

New Buzz

After a lot of talk and study we decided I should get into raising bees. We have talked about it for 2+ years and put it off for various reasons. I have a full plate this time of the year with spring, planting, poultry and my own pursuits, sewing. But my husband and I went to a free bee class held by the local feed store. I like bugs, playing with bugs, talking to other people about bugs so my husband thinks this can work. I was a bit daunted by the equipment and cost. But starting up any new business cost.
After the class I decided no way. No one around us raises bees, I have no help no teacher. But that never stopped us before.  We talked to several bee people who love raising their bees after the class. They came to the class for the discount and free stuff. Bee people are thrifty.
I have no idea if my husband or I am allergic to bee stings. That should be fun, too.
But either way my 2 queens and their gang will be here in May. So we have to hives and supers coming, I have painting to do and plans to make. I have a long list of people wanting honey that is not even made yet. Turns out a lot of Ozark people miss bees and honey. About 20 years ago everyone had bees here, like chickens. But then people started spraying their crops and the bees died off. No one wanted the hassle of hive keeping after that. 
But if this bee thing works for us then it might become a fun thing to bring some income to the farm. The main reason we are doing it is for the pollination. My flowers and veggies need pollination. The honey is just a bonus.