January 3, 2015
Happy New Year everyone! The past few weeks have graced us with occassional 55-60 degree days, giving me the opportunity to check on the welfare of my girls. So far all five hives have been out and about, cleaning house, getting some orientation time in. I’ve continued to restock their candy so they always have food, so we’ll just keep on keepin’ in hopes that spring comes quick this year. No worries though, I have plenty of indoor activities lined up.
The hubster bought me a book for Christmas called (what else?) “The Bees”. It’s not a how-to book, but rather a fictional novel where the characters are all bees. It got great reviews, and I’ll post my own thoughts when I’ve finished it.
Of course I’ll be reading Michael Bush’s “The Practical Beekeeper”, “Beekeeping for Dummies”, and some other beekeeping books to help me keep up with the girls.
Soaps, Lotions and Potions…Oh My!
I’m obsessed with soaping and lotions and potions. I made a batch of Goat’s Milk Hand and Body Lotion and Goat’s Milk Facial Lotion yesterday, and today I have a batch of Honey Oat Soap melting down in the crockpot as I write this. I might even make a batch of lotion bars before the day’s end.
Check out the recipes on the main menu bar above! I’ll add more recipes and how to’s for using honey and beeswax.
Equipment Prep and Cleaning
It has to be done – Clean the hive tools, smokers and boxes. Prep frames, and build and paint new boxes. Build swarm traps. Plan out a new area for more hives (don’t tell the hubster) :o)
Planning out the Garden
Buying and starting seeds in the greenhouse this year??? Will be nice to use it for something other than storing bee equipment :o)
Happy Beekeeping in 2015!
Yep, lots of busy work ahead in preparation for what I hope will be a growing and prosperous 2015. Best wishes to everyone for another happy, busy, productive beekeeping year! I’m off to make soap….