My wife took this awesome photo of our back yard today. As you can see - everything is in bloom. We are so blessed to live here in all this beauty! Our friends call our property 'Paradise,' and for good reason.
Here is a short time lapse video showing the installation of two packages into our honeybee hives. This is not intended as a tutorial, just a "bird's eye view" for someone wondering what the process looks like start to finish. :)
Saturday, April 22, 2017, I hived two packages of Italian bees from Stedman's Bee Supplies in Silverdale, Washington. This will be my second season as a beekeeper.
I've always been the kind of gardener who, at the crack of dawn, has already been up working for hours, preparing the equipment and staging the implements and materials to be ready by sunrise.
It's been an unusually cold and wet winter in the Pacific Northwest. That has made gardening a bit more challenging than usual but even with that, my cold-weather plants are doing just fine.
After many months of below-average temperatures combined well well-above average rainfall, the sun appeared for a few hours today!
I lost a hive last year and it was a crushing loss. I was doing everything right - so far as I know, but then there was a slow die-off. Something happened to my queen and the bees couldn't replace her in time.
I was able to work a bit in the raised beds today, despite having to hobble around on a bad leg. I am so glad I converted the large garden bed into smaller and more manageable raised beds.
My rhubarb bed has come to life! I love my rhubarb for the reasons we all love rhubarb, but I love it even more because there are family "heirloom" rhubarb plants in this bed!