Friday, March 21, 2014
New Hives are Built
I finally managed to finish banging together the four new bottoms and tops for this Summer's hopeful expansion. I used a landing board off of a hive stand I bought a couple years ago for the last bottom since I wasn't gonna use it otherwise. It doesn't go clear to the bottom of the 2x4's but I doubt the bees will mind.
This will give me seven full hives going into swarm season once I get those last three painted. That should be enough to give me plenty of breathing space for getting the garden in and other stuff done before I need to pump out a few more.
The barn cat or should I say the Barn Tyrant as she has run all other cats out of the barn and claimed it for herself came up to help supervise me as I was painting the first bottom and top this afternoon.
My direct supervisor and this cat do not get along period... but all the other animals run when I am using power tools (prolly smart of em) except Penelope (My direct supervisor) and she was sleeping on the shelf int he shop so she didn't notice the territorial incursion from the barn tyrant.
I see a turf war brewing.
I went and scoped out the new bee yard area. The guy who owns the place has about 150 or so Peach trees, a huge flock of chickens, Black berry bushes and assorted other stuff all over his place so the girls should have plenty to work in the immediate area. While I was standing there talking to him some lady drove up and bought 10 dozen fresh eggs out of a little refrigerator he keeps out for that purpose. The old guy has a barn and a couple of out buildings like I do and from all the retreating tails I saw I would say the same problem with stray cats showing up and moving in as well. He did say none of the cats ever bother his chickens so that is encouraging.
He also told me that he grew about 90% of his Peach trees straight from the pits. He cultivates them in his garden and then transplants them the next year and says they are producing within three years. No grafting just straight growth. I think I am going to try and get some of these magical pits from him this year. I really thought you had to graft fruit trees to get a decent fruit but maybe it isn't as much an issue with Peaches and it is with Apples.
Anyway he was a neat and knowledgeable gentleman and I hope to learn a few tricks from him while supplying him with bees and free pollination services. Definitely should be a mutually beneficial situation.
I have a question for any of my genius readers (and I know there are several). Why is it the stupid wind blows at 40 MPH all day when I want to get work done but then once night hits it goes away? I think it would be so much better if we could reverse that process....
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!