Spring Prep

Spring prep has started! Dave is building new crates for hauling vegetables out of the garden and, more exciting, I picked up my bee hives today!!!

A big pile of bee keeping stuff!

A big pile of bee keeping stuff!

Much assembly required on these hives! I just have to put the outer boxes together, the part you see when you look at a hive. They will need to be primed and painted too, to help them stand up to the elements.   The frames are the inner parts of the hives, where the bees build comb and lay eggs, raise larvae, and store honey. I chose plastic frames for their ease of use and durability. The plastic frames are one solid piece so I saved a bunch of assembly work there. 

The plastic frames for inside the hives, primed with a thin layer of wax.  

The plastic frames for inside the hives, primed with a thin layer of wax.  

I got some tools, feeders, smoker, suit, gloves and hat also. Of course I had to try the hat on as soon as I unpacked it! 

Terrible, but amusing, selfie.

Terrible, but amusing, selfie.

Do selfies ever come out looking good? This one, taken in the basement is pretty bad, but I am posting it for your amusement anyway. ;)

The last two days we worked on the greenhouse a bit since the weather was a little more mild. We ended up with temperatures warm enough to bring us a quarter inch of ice instead of just snow. Then last night the temperature dipped again and we got almost two inches of fresh snow. I am beginning to worry that the snow piles will still be here in June at this rate! The weatherman does have two days in the 40s on the calendar for next week, we just have to hold on until we get that taste of spring. Those little tiny warm ups make all the difference in the mental states of the Bubbaloo Farm residents, the human residents at least. ;)

Posted on March 5, 2015 .