The Bee Garden Master Plan

I’ve wanted bees in my garden since I moved to Casa del Duckie. They are good for the environment, good for the garden, and a good source of ingredients for other projects. They are also something that will need a lot of care and planning to keep healthy and safe. While I may seem to just jump into things, I really do carefully plan my large projects well. The bees are no different.

There are actually two different projects within the bee project- the bee corral and the bee garden. Because bees need a source of nutrition and water, I need to step up my gardening game and create a bee oasis in my back yard. Which gives me an excuse to plant more exciting things. Here is the master garden plan for the bee corral.

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Bee Corral

Happy Spring!

Despite a first day of Spring snowstorm and two days of work from home time, things are chugging along at Casa del Duckie in anticipation of the bees, which are officially coming on April 7.

The first task on April 7 will be transporting the bees from the apiary to my back yard. In my car. Box full of bees. For 25 minutes.

That part I am a bit worried about.

But then I get to come home and suit up and introduce them to their new home. I am planning to live stream the introduction on Facebook, and then put the video up here later on.

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Back in the Swing of Things

Hello there! How are you? It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I decided to dust off this blog again because I have some exciting things coming down the pike. I’ve been doing some exciting things since last updating this page, but have only been documenting on Facebook for friends. Recently, a friend reading my updates suggested that I move it over to a blog, so I am updating again. (Thanks for the encouragement, Greg!)

So, what exciting things have I been doing since 2016? A whole bunch!

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Garden Time

I may have the best intentions all the time, but I am flaky as all hell. I don’t mean to be, but I just have so much going on all the time that I forget things that are not directly in front of me. This even extends to gardening, where I will forget to plant or transplant things in the right order and then have them die on me. It happened last year with me with beans that were planted way too late. I’m also the type of person that depends on technology to keep my head straight. Without a smart phone, I wouldn’t remember what day it is, lest remember what I am doing during the weekend three weeks from now.

Sometimes, the stars align and I find a tool that is perfect for my needs. This came in the form of Burpee’s Garden Time app. I downloaded it to check it out about a month ago. It has been a good tool for planning my garden and seems like it will keep me on track this growing season. Continue reading

Ready, Set, Garden!

Spring may not be here officially yet, but that is not going to stop me from starting up my garden. Despite some last minute snow a week ago, the weather has been wonderful and I have been out in my garden getting things ready.

Plans for this year include some exotic peppers, some non-edible crops, and two new raised beds, which are all built and anchored. I even took it a step up and made an L-shaped raised bed for the front of my property using the same pallet technique I used to build my other raised beds. I only made them one piece of wood tall this time, as I did with the other raised beds I made last summer and did not blog about. So now I have a whole bunch of raised beds on the south side of my property, and one on the southwest corner in the front yard.

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Pinterest Perfection

I don’t often try things I find on Pinterest. I have a lot of my own projects and I find some of the stuff I find on there just silly. But there are some diamonds in the rough, like the absolutely brilliant idea of using magazine holders as shelving. A very simple project, and a good way to get this blog rolling again, I think.

I had a corner that needed a splash of color and a plant. So after a little Internet research, off I went to Ikea to get some sturdy magazine holders. I elected to go with the KNUFF wooden racks, which come two in a pack for $10. I went on this trip with my girlfriend who was also interested in corner shelves, so we got two packs. Continue reading

Everything’s Just Duckie

Yes, it has been a while since I posted. No, I am not dead. I just got sidetracked by life. Not necessarily in a bad way, just got involved in other things and not blogging. But the weather is nice here in Maryland and there are some great positive changes coming down the track for me.

Expect some new posts and gardening geekery in this space soon!