Tuesday, September 22, 2009

because Amanda said she missed my updates. ;)

We're in a bit of a holding pattern.  Wine is aging, the garden is having a short rest before the winter planting, and the bees are abuzz.  Last Saturday a group of us went up to hike Sibley Park to celebrate the last weekend of Summer.  It was amazing to see the views - last trip it was so fogged in! 

Last Friday I took a case of honey to work.  Fridays are the quietest day on the campus.   I sent out an email to all users and said "$10 per jar, stop by" and went about my work, no where near the computer.  Within a few minutes I had my first customer (that wasn't in my department!) asking for three jars.  I was floored.  I wasn't sure I'd sell any in my remote and locked room, and suddenly I wondered if I had enough! 

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fall Garden

Compost tea, worm castings, a sturdy shovel, hand spade, hand rake, and good clippers.  
Getting the garden cleaned up from summer and ready for fall.  
All of the plants were fed compost tea.  The vegetable garden soil was turned with fresh worm castings.  Everything was left to rest and combine before planting.  
We picked up seeds at OSH for the fall garden, going by the advice of a fall and winter garden article sent out by Park Seed.
A full day of beehive inspection and garden work called for some cool drinks! 
It's tiring work! 

September 6 hive inspection.

Last weekend there was a hive inspection of Urania and garden clean up.  Part of this was inspired by the September Bee Guild meeting - It's time to get ready for Fall!