Introducing our bees

We have roughly another 60 000 just like her, plus a handful of drones (the males) and hopefully only 2 queen bees (one in each hive).  One of the queen bees, from the stronger hive, can be seen in our previous post.

I have found working with bees to be an amazing experience and I am only just beginning.  Most afternoons I will feed the pigs, collect the eggs and watch the comings and goings of the bees on the hill.

We are expecting to harvest honey in early January and again a smaller harvest in March or April.As can be seen here both hives are Langstroth hives, the good thing about this is that there is a lot of equipment and information about this style of beekeeping.  An alternative system of beekeeping that we are very interested in is the Warre system, pronounced war-ray.

A great outline of how we would like to interact with our bees can be found here, if we lived a little closer we would seriously consider one of Milkwood’s Natural Beekeeping courses.

Bees are awesome!


A time of firsts…

Amidst the chaos that ensues at this busy time of the growing season we have been experiencing a time of many ‘firsts’.

We have our first broody hens for the season.

Which has then led to our first chicks of the season.

We have our first baby rabbits.

Whilst making our first thorough inspection of our hives we have sighted one of our queen bees for the first time.

Can you see her?

We’ve also had the first bee sting (our intrepid blog photographer), eaten our first snow peas, garlic scapes and broad beans, planted tomatoes and our early potatoes are flowering.

Another milestone is the planting of our first fruit tree on the property, a bosc pear, an impulse buy at the local school fair.