It was a good weekend, as compared to last weekend's drama. We were goat free, headache free and now, at least one black widow spider free. Yes, I had to take care of that. There was a HUGE egg sac now and I had visions of the garden being overrun with deadly spiders. We know there are more out there that we can't see, and I hated to do it but it just couldn't be in the same place we will be on a regular basis. We wouldn't leave a copperhead or water moccasin living next to a raised bed and so the black widow couldn't stay either.
|Hive wax foundations with frames|
So yesterday, in between mowing, edging, clearing some new space, and a nap on the porch, I got the wax foundations into the frames...
|Hive with frames|
And then got the frames in the supers and put it all back together. It's ready for the new bees that come next weekend!
|Raised beds ready for planting|
I added a few bags of compost and soil to some of the raised beds to get them ready. Not going to try to plant all the beds now (that would be something we'd have to be there full time for). So this first season back after last season's continual rains postponed our garden, we think we are going to plant in four of them, three are 4x4's and one is an 8x4.
To top off the day, there were ladybugs everywhere at the farm. They were in the house (I captured them and released them outside) and they were on leaves and plants all over as I mowed. Captured the picture of this one on the box while I was putting the wax foundations into the frames.
Next weekend will be bees and garden only. I shouldn't have to mow so I can focus on getting the bees hived and getting the garden planted.
Back in town now to do some stuff here, 2nd Man asked me to make the slow cooker bbq ribs again so they are cooking as this posts!
Hmm, aren't ladybugs considered good luck?