Bee Tools

Beekeeping is not a cheap hobby. I haven’t even gotten my bees yet and I have spend a few hundred dollars on supplies. Here is a rundown of what I have purchased so far.

Nuc from Central Maryland Beekeepers Association: $165.00

10-frame hive with foundations and a top feeder: $165.00

Beekeeping suit with veil and gloves: $33.00

Beekeeping tools and smoker fuel: $54.00

Not to mention the cost of the supplies for the fence, the garden, and the other things I will need along the way.

So, what exactly are all these things for?

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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