Thursday, June 19, 2014
A Quick Honey Pull
After getting the last row of Tomatoes cleared of the Bindweed this afternoon I decided to just weed-whack the stuff in the middle of the row down. Truth is you don't get much of the root pulling up that stuff anyway so I just ate down into the dirt with the weedeater line and then put my last two sections of metal roofing over it. Maybe that metal roofing will cook those roots under there and slow it down some? Hey at this point I will try anything.
I then got a call to make a run down into Mennonite land. It's an interesting region of Missouri I will write more about tomorrow I think. I wish I had taken some pictures along the way because it is a very charming area and one of the reasons I count Missouri as a main collapse survival location. More on that and my observations later.
Anyway I got back home from little trip about 7:30 and then started harvesting my honey. The first harvest of the year is always a pain because I keep forgetting things, or can't remember where I put them, or how I did something etc. I spun out about 3 Gallons I think. Not much of a pull but it's been so humid the bees had very little honey capped and ready yet. They had a lot of full frames of unripened honey though so I suspect my next pull in July will be larger.
Still I have some clients waiting patiently and I promised em I would get em some honey by Mid-June.
Luckily I closed up the workshop/Honey Harvesting Hut this morning so it stayed almost 95 degrees in there well after the sun went down. You want it hot so the honey will flow but it makes for some very uncomfortable working conditions let me tell you. I had to harvest three frames then step outside for a bit, go in and spin em, then step outside for a bit. You get the idea.
Since the little local carwash place has an owner who appears to dislike keeping his small business open it looks like I am going to have to travel a few miles down the road tomorrow to power wash my extractor and decapping tank.
Another full day on the schedule for tomorrow but I am making progress. My goal is to be caught up and relaxing by Sunday now. God willing.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!