Friday, June 20, 2014
Light Sweet Honey and the Last Jungle
I only got about half the amount of honey from this first pull as I was hoping for. Not because the girls haven't been working or there wasn't much honey in the hives but because although they had full frames it wasn't ripe and capped yet. I suspect it has just been too humid for them to get it cured very fast. The next pull should be much better in volume but this late Spring honey is worth it's weight in gold as far as I am concerned.
Around here the Spring Honey is my absolute favorite by far. It is light, sweet and almost as clear as weak tea and I never get tired of it. I will admit the Summer and Fall crops are tasty but they are much heavier and kinda make me feel like I am eating one of those chocolate deserts my wife is so fond of, you know like three bites and any one with testosterone has hit chocolate overload and their teeth are melting. To this day I cannot eat a whole piece of chocolate cheesecake. Late Summer and Fall Honey is like that with me too but not this Spring stuff.
Although I fell short of what I was hoping for I think I have enough to cover the demand and with luck I can do another pull in two or three weeks. My goal is to get enough hives that I only need to make two pulls a year but with this dismal swarm season I am having I am not going to hit this years growth goals that's for sure.
Muddy Valley asked me why I don't set my extraction equipment out for the bees to clean up so I took this picture of my extraction tank. It seems no matter how hard I try the honey flows slowly enough that I always get a build up in a corner and then lose many bees to drowning in honey. This doesn't always happen but it happens enough that I rarely mess with it. It's one thing to clean up the de-capping tank but I am not going to try and clean dead bees out of my spin extractor.
Squash-Inni anyone? I have three volunteer squash plants that are producing what I am almost certain is a fruit cross pollinated between a Crookneck Squash and a regular Zucchini. We have eaten several of them so far and they are quite tasty but we have limited it to grating them and frying them up in cakes like a Potato Pancake type thing. I really like this variety actually it has more pulpy mass on it than the other types and grates up nicely. We will probably never see it's like again after this season but I just wanted to see what it would produce.
Here is a trellis of cucumbers with several volunteer Pole Beans I planted in with em. They will all grow together but I don't care. I had enough volunteer Pole Beans sprouting around that having to take down the one trellis of Beans due to the weeds isn't going to bother me too much.
Speaking of which here is the last weed jungle I still need to deal with....
You can see the weeded areas on either side but these last two trellis are a complete overgrown mess of things. I lost a number of bean plants to the wet and Bindweed so it isn't too much of a disappointment to take the back trellis out but I am still going to try and save those cucumbers. I would have finished it off today but once again got called into work but I should finish tomorrow since I already told them I couldn't do any runs this weekend.
After this last piece of jungle it will become much smoother sailing. I actually enjoyed the Sunset this evening strolling around and tying up wayward Tomato vines and after this last part of the jungle is done I only have two projects sitting in the back log. Whatever will I do with myself?
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!