Thursday, March 27, 2014
No the snow is gone now even from the shaded spots but I didn't want to just put a picture of my newest empty stand up either so I reused this one.
With my new stand I built this morning down the road at the Old Guy's Orchard I now have room for 11 new hives this Spring and Summer. I went down and leveled out the spot for the concrete block footers and placed the support beans this morning and it was a good day to do it too. We had a bit of rain last night and the ground was just perfect for leveling out.
I went down and checked on my drain pipe last night and it was working but I am getting a bit of leakage around the top where the pipe fits into the black reducer thing. Not sure how I am going to fix that or if it is even enough leakage to worry about.
After setting up the new hive stand I headed back thinking I would work some more on the fence line tear down but I really decided I just wasn't up for another day of being buffeted by 40 MPH winds.
The wind damage around the place has been a bit more prevalent than usual this year but luckily I haven't had any metal from the barn roof peal back yet. I have already had to fix some loose shingles on the house though and tighten up a walk in door on the barn that got caught flopping in the wind and almost torn off it's hinges. Honestly if it wasn't for this constant wind we been getting the last week or so the temperatures would be quite nice, but that wind will cut right through ya.
So far things are right on schedule however. I have all the new hive stand additions built now along with enough wooden ware ready to go in case of early swarms. Plenty of swarm traps ready and waiting and 76 new tomato seedlings growing in their trays. The peppers had another bad sprouting year and only managed to push up four out of fifteen but I have gotten used to that because it seems to happen every other year or so.
The wife has a bunch of frivolous flower seedlings taking up room as well but I ignore them. Her cats seem to like chewing on them more than my useful plants so they do serve some purpose.
Guess I will go out to the shop and paint some more bee hives since it's rainy and windy as usual.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!