“Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.” William Jennings Bryan
Sunday, May 15, 2011
May 15, 2011
Last Friday I caught my third honey bee swarm in three weeks. Each swarm came about seven days apart – Sunday, Sunday, Friday – and all three came to rest on the same branch of a beech plum bush in our front yard, about two feet off the ground. Being low to the ground made catching these swarms easy- all I had to do was to set the new hive body under the swarm, shake the branch until they fell in, and put the cover on. I didn’t have to balance on a ladder, cut tree branches, etc. The hardest part for these swarms was finding enough frames, bottom boards, and covers for the new hives because I never organized my bee stuff last winter to have it ready…for the third swarm I had to put together frames and make a cover before I even approached the swarm. Luckily the swarm was not in a hurry to go anywhere, and patiently waited for me while I sawed and hammered, nailed and glued all the stuff together.
We now have six hives on the farm – my son has two, and I have four. If all hives stay healthy and grow, it could mean that there will be up to a quarter million or more honey bees buzzing around and pollinating this summer and fall!
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wave by wave
Who I'm listening to
The Head and Heart
City and Color
Gregory Alan Isakov
What I've been reading lately
"Application for Release from the Dream: Poems" by Tony Hoagland
"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert
"This Is where I Leave You" by Johnathan Trooper
"Cats Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut
"A Man Without a Country" by Kurt Vonnegut
"The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert
Seventeen Farms is home for my family, along with our horses, goats, ducks, chickens, cats, and honey bees. Seventeen Farms is also a home to various wildlife - deer, wild turkeys, and more. We do our best to live in harmony with nature, and with all who come here, including our friends.
I created this blog to write about my experiences here and my observations of life in general.