Farm and Garden

Hive inspection

Our bees have been doing so well lately that Stephen has been doing inspections weekly to keep up with them. The new comb is so white – a far cry from the really dark comb we had when we first started years ago. I keep thinking of what pretty candles the wax will make once …

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Moving a beehive

Here are our two beehives. The one on the left is the hive Stephen picked up last week (our hive equipment, new bees). The one on the right is our main hive that we have had since last summer. We moved the main hive Friday. We did have it behind our shed, and while the …

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More bees

Moving the entrance reducer so the bees could get out after the trip home Saturday Stephen went and picked up some new bees. We’re really excited. Our one hive has been doing amazingly well this year, and we estimate that there are close to 40 pounds of honey already in it. We won’t take the …

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Baby bees

Stephen had to remove a frame from our hive on Friday because of the way the bees had built the comb. We had a lot of fun examining it, tasting some of the capped honey, and watching some new bees hatch. Uncapped honey Capped honey Just hatching Newly hatched Samuel trying to get a newly …

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New chicks

We discovered today that one of our hens has hatched three chicks. A couple weeks ago, this hen went broody. We figured we might as well let her sit on some eggs, so Stephen put her up in a separate pen and collected eggs from some of the other hens for her to sit on. …

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Beehive inspection

The weather has been so warm these past few days that Stephen opened up the beehive today for an inspection. This hive is a swarm that we caught last year. We’ve lost several hives to Colony Collapse Disorder, so this winter we’ve been extra careful with this hive. It appears to be very healthy and …

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Chicken tractor

Stephen has wanted to get a chicken tractor for years. We talked about making one but just never got the chance to do it. This week, we bought several chickens from some friends. Today, they brought us their chicken tractor since they’re no longer using it. The whole idea of a chicken tractor is that …

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Canning tomatoes

Today I was able to can 7 quarts and 4 pints of tomatoes. It probably doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s more than I thought it would be. It was quite the surprise to discover that there was enough for a double batch instead of the single I anticipated. This particular recipe is from …

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