Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Peach Blooms, Post Holes and Pollen
I had a brief window of opportunity to get a few things done before the rains hit us again (supposedly) tonight. This early Spring has kinda caught me with my pants down to be honest. I wasn't prepared to start mowing just yet and I was really hoping for a bit more time to get the fencing project worked on before mowing became a weekly chore once again.
Alas I guess it is not in the cards this year because I officially had to start mowing yesterday. I got one mower running and the other is going to have to wait until payday for a new battery and it needs a tire either fixed or replaced as well. Luckily I kept the pile up of unwanted yard ornaments to a minimum this year so it didn't take an entire day to remove them so I could mow....
Only half a day this year.
The extra half day was spent putting in the new gate posts I need for the next step in the fencing project. An area where three gates are going to kinda come together and an out building needs to be worked into the configuration as well. With the rains they are predicting for the rest of this week it was kinda important I get them set so they can settle some before I hang the gates next week. Weather permitting of course.
I used the 850 in post hole mode for that project of course. She may not have a live PTO but she does a good job running that post hole attachment.
The Peach trees are in full bloom now and the girls are working them for all they are worth along with the Box Elders still. The Plum is about ready to bloom and the Redbuds are not far behind them along with some Elm as well.
The Apples appear to be lagging quite a bit this year though and the Pear are kinda looking like they might not bloom at all but go right into leafing out. It sure is turning into a strange Spring I can say that.
The hives are bringing in lots and lots of yellow pollen now as well. I still haven't broken down the two dead out hives I have from Winter as the girls are still robbing what's left of them. I also haven't removed the insulated wraps or opened the entrances up all the way yet. I still have this nagging feeling Winter isn't done with us yet but that little nag is decreasing by the day to say the least.
The hives sucked down another gallon of sugar syrup in only a few hours today. It looks like they are preparing a massive build up to take advantage of this very early Spring but I have yet to see any orientation flights.
My prayers now are hoping that this strange Spring doesn't bring a Summer drought.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!!