Saturday, April 30, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Lahore is no longer honey bee-less!

I had an email yesterday evening from Jerry at Virginia Bee Supply saying he had a couple of packages of italians I could have if I wanted them. Boy did I ever. This morning I gave him and call and I was off to pick them up.

Awaiting their new homes.

All set up and awaiting the ladies.

Rula on R.I.T. duty.
 


First package installed.

Stained hive all closed up.

White hive installed.
 


White hive all closed up.
 


Both hives.
 


A vistor watching us clean up.
 


I'm sure I did a million things wrong but that was such an awesome experience! I'm glad I got to install a package at least once. He're hoping they can forgive my mistakes (I'm sure I probably made 1 million and 12) and they don't mind the 39 degree weather we're supposed to be getting tonight. I'll post more when I check on them Sunday or Monday.

Oh and not a single sting. Just one angry lady that though it a good idea to keep dive bombing my ear until I let her land.





Thursday, April 28, 2011

My first trip to a bee yard.

I was able to stop by a local beekeepers today that's promised me 2 nucs when the queens are laying and I have to say it got me pretty excited! Since it was my first time I was a little nervous but that lasted about a second. Thanks Chris, and can't wait to get my own bees!

Bees on one of his sugar water feeders (I liked this idea and plan to use it here instead of the top feeders I have)

A new Russian UVA fan on my hat.

His bee yard.

The rest of his yard.


What a run around!

After a month of waiting, a lot of excuses, and an unauthorized second charge for the packages I never recieved I cancelled my order for 2 packages of bees from Busy Bees Apiaries. It was such a hassle and if I'd have known how things would have turned out I'd have driven to Georgia a month ago and picked them up myself. I'm not going to say much more about how I feel about them here other than to say good luck Rory and Tanya. You can read more about my and others dealings with them HERE.

Thankfully, I found a local beekeeper that's willing to sell me 2 nucs when he's sure the queen is laying. More on that in a minute.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A tilling day.

Expanded the bee garden. It's about 1/3 bigger now. Got it all tilled up and about 6 yards of compost spread and worked in. Also picked up seeds today and 3 pounds of yellow sweet clover. I have 5 pounds of Ladrino, White, and Alsike clover that's going on the yard and grass areas in the fields. I'll also mix a tiny bit of each in the mix below. Hoping that the weather stays dry tomorrow so I can plant it. Wanted to this evening but it was a bit too clumpy for my liking. I'll put up some pics tomorrow of everything.

List of seeds being planted
Achillea
Alyssum (white, purple, and yellow)
Anise
Aquilegia
Baby's Breath
Bachelors Buttons
Black Eyed Susan
Blue Flax
Borage
California Poppy
Centaurea
Cheiranthus
Chinese Aster
Chinese Forget-Me-Not
Chrysanthemum
Cilantro
Clarkia
Coreopsis
Corn Poppy
Dame's Rocket
Delphinium
Dianthus
Echinacea
Eschscholzia
Foxglove
Gaillardia
Gaura
Gilia
Gloriosa Daisy
Gypsophila
Iberis
Indian Blanket
Lacy Phacelia
Lavender Lady
Linaria
Linum
Lobelia
Lupine
Lychnis
Monarda
New England Aster
Oenothera
Ohio Spiderwort
Papaver
Pincushion Flower
Phlox
Prairie Coneflower
Purple Coneflower
Ratibida
Rocky Mountain Penstemon
Rudbeckia
Saponaria
Shasta Daisy
Silene
Smooth Aster
Spider Plant
Sulphur Cosmos
Sweet Basil
Sweet Mignonette
Sweet William
Thyme
True Lavender
Wallflower
White Rockcress
White Upland Aster
Yellow Sweet Clover
Zinnia

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bee is the word...

Got word in an email today that bees will possibly be delievered around the 23 of April or May 1st. Hope to get a call from the supplier soon to find out which date. Have my fingers crossed for the 23rd.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Still bee-less...

No word and no bees. Hopefully around the 18th I'll know something.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Grrr...

Received another notice today that the bees will not be arriving on the 6th as told to me in a phone call last week from the supplier. No date given this time. This is starting to become frustrating.

UPDATE: Seems the weather and theft are reasons for the delay. It would still be nice to hear an actually date to get my hopes up again though.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bee garden construction.

Finished tilling and adding compost to one small bee garden and started another today. Plan to jam pack it full of the bees favorite plants in the next couple of weeks.

Small patch (12' x 30') that's 50 feet east of where the hives will be.
   

Start of larger patch.

Had intentions of making it the size of the other but got a little carried away. It's around 18' x 50'.

The new patch will get 6 or 8 yards of the compost I make added to it this week after the tilled soil dries out a bit.


Hive stand

Haven't made it to the stand this weekend. Too much spring football yesterday and too much tilling and garden work today. Tomorrow afternoon it going up though.

The frame is done


Here's where it's going. Have a patch of strawberries planted on the other side of the fence. Plan to add about 100-150 more strawberry plants this week. There's another 100+ strawberry plants to the west about 80 feet away.