Monthly Archives: April 2016

gathering

  found this bee gathering pollen among the brassica flowers – know they like the stuff, so let my broccoli flower.  Do know its one of my bees as a few minutes later saw it flying into the hive with … Continue reading

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Goal Zero

The flat situation the other day pushed me to make a decision about my replacement for my Goal Zero 150.  When I purchased it, thought, as others seem to be doing, that the 150 meant how many watts the unit … Continue reading

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updates

It seems longer, but it has only been two weeks since I hived the package of bees.  A few days later released the queen.  Was supposed to pull the cork and put in a marshmallow for the workers to chew … Continue reading

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why you need portable power

Having a “solar generator” is the next big thing!  And I had one, a Goal Zero Yeti 150 (which I’ve just sold, another story).  Basically, this is just a portable power pack that can be recharged via a solar array. … Continue reading

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preserving dried foods

using the slow cooker, 2lbs of white beans, with bacon and left over pulled pork, other seasonings.  Measured out enough to fill one pint canning jar.  that was laid out on one drying sheet.  Then did 3 other sheets and … Continue reading

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releasing the queen

The instructions with this package were to wait five days then remove the cork from the queen cage and replace with a marshmallow.  Its only been 4 (hived the package late Sunday and today is Thursday), but when I pulled … Continue reading

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busy days in the garden

  installed the package of bees last night.  Opened it this AM to make sure they were there, and see how they are doing.  The skinny spacer slats are over the queen’s cage and the bees are all huddled around … Continue reading

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