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
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
A Moment of Panic
Our temperatures again rose to the low 40's this afternoon after being in the low teens last night. I saw a few bees flying and decided today would be a good day to add a grease patty. The patty consists of a 3 to 1 sugar to grease ratio. I also added some organic honey and a bit of peppermint extract so the bees would be attracted to it. When I lifted the inner cover, I did not see any bees and my heart sank. I had been seeing lots of bees in the shallow super. I decided to go ahead and check the deep hive box, and much to my relief, there were the girls clustered in the front left-hand quadrant. I quickly put the patty on top of the frames and almost immediately the bees were drawn to it. This will hopefully be another source of nourishment for them during these very cold days, and it is also a teatment for mites. I'm not doing any chemical treatments on this hive. I'm an organic gardener and I wouldn't treat my garden with chemicals and I will not treat my bees. There are excellent organic options available for both.
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.