Homestead Weekly Update

Welcome to this week’s homestead update.  Sorry for the delay getting this out.  I was kind of busy with running the kids around.

Asparagus "bed"

Asparagus “bed”

I’ll start out with the asparagus bed.  I haven’t touched this since the Fall and it needed cleaning.  For those that don’t know, once the asparagus you are harvesting get small, you stop harvesting and allow them to grow.  That’s what all these dried weeds are, the asparagus ferns.  I just pulled all these out so the new asparagus has a place to come through.  There’s about 30 crowns in a row along this fence.  If I was to do it again, I would put the crowns in an actual bed.  It is so much easier to keep the other plants out of the way so the asparagus isn’t crowded out. Continue reading

Homestead Weekly Update

Welcome to this week’s homestead update.

Lots of larvae

Lots of larvae

I mentioned in last week’s homestead update that I had a lot of larvae laying on the top bars when I took apart the hives.  I e-mailed my pictures to my bee course instructor who is also the inspector for my county.  She reports back that because of the placement of the cells that these came from, they are almost certainly drone larvae.  The bees like to build drone comb between the frames.  If these were queen cells, the bees would have built the cells hanging down from the bottom of the frames, not placed them horizontal.  I didn’t see any queen cells hanging down so I’m good to go.  She did tell me that next time I’m in the hive, I should scrape the comb off the bottom of the boards to clean up the hive. Continue reading

Gallery

Shots from the hive

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I thought I’d put up the pictures that I took of the hive this week.  I’m not going to put a lot of dialog in this post, just the pictures and maybe some captions.  As I mentioned in the weekly … Continue reading

Homestead Weekly Update

Welcome to this week’s homestead update.

Painting the boxes

Painting the boxes

This week I started painting my new hive boxes.  I stick to the traditional white paint to make these look like hives are thought to look.  I know some beekeepers that don’t paint their hives at all.  I’ve also seen beekeepers that paint their hives all different ways.  Some are pink, purple, etc.  Others have scenes or flowers painted on them.  The bees really don’t care what color the hive is painted, but light colors are better than dark colors.  I just use standard exterior paint.  The goal is just to protect the outside of the hive from the elements.  The bees will coat the inside with propalis to protect that. Continue reading

Homestead Weekly Update

Welcome to this week’s homestead update.

Poppers

Poppers

I’ve mentioned in past posts that my favorite way to use Jalapeno peppers is to make poppers.  I make these up as I pick ripe peppers and freeze them for use later in the year.  Any time we have a day that is nice enough to grill, I put some of these on the top rack.  I then snack on these while grilling and drinking a beer.  It is surprising that these stay fresh tasting all year.  I guess it is because I put them into the deep freeze right after I make them up.  I really enjoy these, the only problem is they take some work to make up.  This year I’m growing a larger Jalapeno pepper that should make popper making a bit less work. Continue reading

Homestead weekly update

I’m hoping to get back into doing a weekly update on the homestead.  I’ve been so busy that I have problems getting the time to write.  But I’m going to try.

Over the Winter, we had many branches come off the pine trees that surround our property.  Initial plan was to rent a big chipper and use the resulting wood chips.  But I thought about it and decided I could get many more wood chips for far less if I just buy the wood chips at the county yard waste facility. Continue reading

Winter Bee Update

First off I want to apologize to my regular followers for not posting more often this year.  The wife has gone back to work and it has drastically increased the amount of running that I have to do in the evenings.  Where she used to take my daughter to some of her dance classes, I now have to do that.  I also still have to take her to her other dance classes and my son to his karate classes.  So that takes up much of the time I used to use for posting.

But today it was much warmer than it has been this Winter, so I figured I should look in on the bees. Continue reading