It's been almost two months since I've posted... been a busy bee! My latest endeavor, becoming a Master Gardener, involved classes twice a week for 12 weeks. We just 'graduated' as Interns, and now we need to complete 50 hours of volunteer time before we are considered full-fledged Master Gardeners. I absolutely loved the classes, I learned a ton, and met some really great people.
That's the happy news. The sad news is that we lost not one, but both of our beehives. There was plenty of honey left, but lots of dead bees. Not sure if it was the cold, or what, but I know they didn't starve, and I know it wasn't Colony Collapse (CCD), because that's when the bees just up and disappear. Thankfully, the Nuc that I'd overwintered on my deck was thriving, so that got moved into one of the hives. They now have lots more frames of drawn comb for eggs, storing pollen, and collecting honey. Once the weather warms, we will go ahead and do a split and be back to our two hives. Because they won't have to waste time and energy drawing out comb, I am optimistic that we will be able to harvest some honey this year. We won't be able to raise any Nucs for new beekeepers, but I'm okay with that right now.
Looking at the 10 day forecast, there appears to be no more dangers of frost until April 5th. At that point, there is only a 10% chance of it getting below freezing, so I am also optimistic that gardening season has arrived. Let's take a walk around the homestead and see what's happening!
I will try to be better about posting, now that Spring is here and I have something to post about!!!