Thursday, March 31, 2016
Redbuds in Bloom
Looks like despite my lack of trust Spring is determined to continue along on it's early schedule this year. The Redbud trees are blooming now and the so are the Wild Plums. I am also seeing some buds beginning to swell and open on the Apple trees as well.
I am still wary however. Spring has a mean streak around here when it first comes in and takes some kind of perverse joy in tricking gardeners and other planters into jumping the gun and then dumping a bunch of snow on top of your work.
If I ever forget that fact my little supervisor cat is here to remind me of the night of his birth at the end of March when it snowed 12+ inches.
He's the one on the far left with the white on his cheeks. He almost went to another home back then but at the last minute the one's who wanted him backed out so he stayed. Now he is just my supervisor.
I spent the afternoon getting the next three swarm traps I have to put out cleaned up and ready. I took some new pics to show a couple of the things I mentioned in Tuesday's post.
You can see in the above picture the metal disk I sometimes use as a moveable entrance blocker and the support pieces across the box to hold a frame or two of comb to help entice the swarms to move in.
This trap is made from just extra bits of plywood I had laying around and is several years old now. It's caught many a swarm in it's time. The dark ring around the support board is where I smeared some tanglefoot around it to keep the ants from moving in. Ants are a serious problem around here and a swarm will not move into a trap that is infested with ants.
I think this stuff is really nothing more bearing grease to be honest but it sure works and keeps the ants out until some type of vegetation managed to bridge it's way over it. It sure is sticky stuff though so I am extra careful when I spread it on.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!