early saturday morning saw me out in the garden, roto-tilling the beds. 2 bags of chicken poo per bed and 10 minutes with the mantis tiller and these beds are ready to grow. 11 of the 12 beds were raked smooth and ready for planting.
the twelfth was a little too close to the bee hives and the ladies werent in the proper disposition to allow me at the bed to finish it up. ah - another task for an early morning visit to the garden this week.
picture #1 - garden in flight, weeds piled up, beds roto-tilled but in disarray.
picture #2 - ready for seeds.
tomatoes go in - starting tonight.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
the top picture is actually the smaller of the two - the bottom one was a nice fattie that dropped easily into the nuc hive. these are text book swarms, which make hiving up real easy.
first you squirt them up with sugar water - this gets thier attention directed to cleaning themsleves up and being wet - there are fewer flyers to contend with. place the hive directly under the branch, a quick shake and usually the swarm drops right into the box.
i gathered a third swarm late sunday - yes, they were from my hives also and my neighbor called to report the wayward girls partying on our common fence. they were hived up too - but i failed to get a picture of that one.
i am about done for swarms in 2012.