Today was another nice one, so I decided to do some work in the garden. I cleaned the ashes out of the fireplace this morning and added them to the compost boxes. I also had a few perennials to deadhead and added those clippings. I compost all my kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc. In the summer we add grass clipping and in the fall, leaves. Although my compost is not hot in the winter, it is breaking down nicely. Takes a lot of turning, but it's worth it.
We always throw the Christmas tree in the garden after the holidays. I cut all the limbs off today. We'll cut the trunk and use it for firewood.
I mulched around the blueberry bushes with the limbs and also covered any daffodil sprouts that I could find. Also worked in a small amount of bone meal around the daffodils.
The bees were out again today. They had a great day yesterday as we warmed to the upper 50's. Not quite that warm today at mid-40's, but certainly nice in the sun. I'm always heartened when I see them out. They have survived one more winter day. I'm also beginning to think my behavior is much like theirs. If it's cold, rainy, snowy, I want to be someplace warm and cozy. But if there is blue sky, sunshine and warm breezes, I want to be outside!
Chart of bee growth for all castes
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