Four seasons of life, mine and the honeybees, in the garden and in the mountains of Western North Carolina
Experience is a brutal teacher. But you learn, my God, do you learn.
Stream In January
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I began beekeeping with a nucleus hive of 5 frames in May of 2008. Walter Bee was located in a community garden about 25 miles from my home. I was hesitant to put the hive in my home garden because I live with black bears. I averaged working the CG about 3 days a week and was encouraged to see my bees working and bringing in pollen immediately. There was a good water supply nearby in the form of a flowing river. The bees drew out the comb in the deep hive body fairly quickly, and after about 3 weeks, I added a shallow super. Although the bees worked very hard all summer long, they only drew out comb in 4 frames in the super. Western NC is suffering from severe drought and although I did not realize it at the time, I probably should have been feeding the hive by late summer. Rookie mistake. Because of high gas prices and time committment, I made the decision in the fall to give up my plots in the CG and bring Walter Bee home. On November 9th, after my husband had installed an electric fence, I moved the hive to my garden. I have become a much better beekeeper since then.
Will there be bees in heavenly places? Will there be bees? Winging their way through the golden spaces To fruitify the eternal trees That yield their sweet life-giving store Month-by-month forevermore Will soft bee music haunt the stream Whose waters shine with crystal glow And will they come to where lilies gleam To sip the eternal nectar flow? Lord, Thou dids' love our earthly places Birds and flowers and shady trees Let there be bees in heavenly places Let there be bees.
I'm a Master Gardener and Certified Beekeeper in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I've been gardening for as long as I can remember and just completed my second season as a beekeeper. I've always loved being in my organic garden and I'm totally hooked on beekeeping.
I also love where I live. There are 4 distinct seasons in the mountains, although Mother Nature does not always respect the calendar, and each bring changes to my garden. All four seasons are beautiful. I hope you'll enjoy my view of life in the garden, beeyard and beyond in these beautiful hills.