Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Redbud Trees in Bloom
I know I mentioned this a while back but the more I peak inside the hives and get my Spring inspections done the more I realize this Winter was a very near run thing. I may have only lost one real hive but almost all of them suffered some huge losses and all of them have a lot of open comb so far. I really should have removed a couple of brood chambers here and there but the girls have been back filling with uncapped honey so I don't want to hurt em. I hope at this point they manage to build up and the extra space doesn't attract pests but most of the queens have a lot of eggs to lay to make up for this Winter's losses.
The Redbud blooms finally opened up enough that the bees are working them pretty hard today. One thing I can say about this part of Missouri is there are a lot of Redbud trees. I think we have a good dozen just in and around the yard but the woods are full of em and my outter hives work them hard each Spring.
Work proceeds on the garden, new raised beds, grape run and seedlings although I haven't actually planted a seed outside yet. So far it's all been building frames, hauling dirt and nailing up the panels I saved from the fence line tear out. We got some more rain last night but the ground is remaining dry enough to work but there really isn't much hurry I usually only aim to get seeds in the ground the first week of May.
Really I have nothing to complain about this year at all now since the cold broke. It hasn't been too wet and it isn't too dry. The grass is of course growing faster than I would like but so far this Spring has been almost perfect and I have gotten a lot done. In fact I got so much done this weekend and then made a mowing run on the three yards I take care of I almost couldn't move this morning I was so stiff.
Why I felt like Harry this morning :)
I know this is going to leave many of you stunned but I just have nothing to complain about around the farm this Spring (so far). I really need to work on that and find something I guess.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!